Mary Cassatt An American Impressionist in Paris Nancy Mowll Mathews, Pierre Curie, Flavie Durand-Ruel Mouraux

Publication date:
06 Mar 2018
176 pages: 279 x 241mm
170 color illus.

Despite spending sixty years of her life in France, Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) is considered to be the greatest American artist of her time. This book accompanies an exhibition of her works at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris during spring 2018. The exhibition, which introduces Cassatt a second time to the art-lovers of Paris, is the first major retrospective of her work for more than a hundred years. It brings together sixty important pieces, including oils, pastels, drawings and engravings. The exhibition highlights Cassatt’s enduring fondness for the pensive human figure, either alone or in the company of family or friends. She is known in particular for her modern approach to the traditional mother-and-child motif, an innovation that brought her international fame. With the help of various documentary sources, these artworks tell the tale of Cassatt as an American woman in Paris.

Dr Nancy Mowll Mathews is a Senior Curator and Lecturer Emerita at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and an expert on Mary Cassatt. Pierre Curie is a Curator of the Musée Jacquemart-André.