Mary Cassatt Retrospective
[image: Mary Cassatt "In the Loge" (1878) The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund, 10.35. Photography © 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston]
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The American-born artist Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) was active in Paris during the latter-half of the 19th century. During a period when professional women artists were still rare, Cassatt carried through with her intention to become an artist and travelled to France to study painting. In France she searched for a new form of expression and participated in the Impressionist exhibitions where she established her own individual style of painting focusing on everyday family scenes as her subject matter. Cassatt’s works became highly recognized in both France and the United States, and in 1904 she received La Légion d’honneur Chevalier from the French government. Furthermore, Cassatt formed friendships with American art collectors such as the wealthy Louisine Havemeyer, becoming their adviser and contributing to the development of the American art scene.
This exhibition will display approximately 80 carefully selected works which will include oil paintings, prints, pastels and drawings, spanning from her early to late career, in three exhibition sections. In addition, the exhibition will show the works of contemporary artists of her time with whom Cassatt had interactions, such as Edgar Degas and Berthe Morisot, and will examine their relationships with Cassatt. Furthermore, the exhibition will display the Byobu-e (folding screen) formerly belonging to Cassatt, and also Ukiyo-e prints which influenced the artist, and will analyze in depth what Cassatt mastered from Japanese art.