Cher’s Famous Art
10 May 2020
“Mother & Child”
by Mary Cassatt, c. 1897, American, Impressionist painter
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mary Cassatt is well known for her sensitive oil paintings of women and children; primarily because it was a subject that woman knew well and could paint without ridicule and without leaving the sanctity of their homes.
Before the 20th century, women artists were uncommon, and then only if they had the encouragement and mentoring of a brother, father or friend “in the business.” In her case, this mentor was the French Impressionist, Edgar Degas.
Mary Cassatt was American-born, but she felt more at home with French-European art and culture and was often accused of snubbing her nose at her American roots.
This painting is in the collection of the Musee d’ Orsay, Paris, France.
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