Chronology of the Life of Mary Cassatt
- 22 May. Mary Stevenson Cassatt born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- June. Cassatt family travels to Europe.
- Cassatt family returns to the United States, to West Chester, Pennsylvania.
- April. Cassatt enrolls in the Antique Class at the Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts.
- December. Cassatt moves to Paris.
- November. Jean-Léon Gérôme accepts Cassatt as a student.
- May. Cassatt's Mandolin Player is accepted by the Salon.
- Early 1870. Cassatt and her mother reside in Rome, where Cassatt prepares her Salon submission in the studio of French artist Charles Bellay.
July. Cassatt and her mother leave Europe for the United States, probably because of the outbreak
of the Franco-Prussian War.
- December. Cassatt returns to Europe, where she works in Italy, France, and Spain.
- May. Salon des refusés (Salon of Rejected Works) opens to protest the conservative academic Salon.
Cassatt shows Offering the Panal to the Bullfighter at the Salon.
- April. The first impressionist exhibition in Paris. Cassatt is in Rome and
misses the show. Two months later she settles in Paris permanently.
- May. Degas invites Cassatt to show with the impressionists.
Cassatt advises Louisine Elder (later Mrs. Havemeyer) on the purchase of Degas'
Rehearsal of the Ballet.
- Jury of the Exposition universelle refuses Portrait of a Little Girl.
- April. Cassatt exhibits with impressionists for the first time. Receives mixed reactions
- Cassatt advises her brother, Alexander, on aqusition of works by Degas. He soon expands
his collecting to include Pissarro and Monet.
Miss Mary Ellison
- Cassatt and Degas do not participate in the seventh impressionist show to protest the
efforts of Caillebotte and others to exclude new artists from the group.
- Children Playing on a Beach
- April. First impressionist exhibition in New York; Alexander Cassatt lends
two of her works.
May. Eighth impressionist exhibition in Paris. Cassatt, with Degas and Morisot, helps to arrange
and finance the show.
Girl Arranging Her Hair
Child in a Straw Hat
- April. Exhibition of more than 700 Japanese prints, scrolls, and other objects
is held at the École des beaux-arts.
Cassatt begins work on a series of 10 color drypoints and aquatints, including The
Bath, The Letter, and The Fitting.
- Woman with a Red Zinnia
- Cassatt agrees to paint a mural for the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian
Exposition to take place in Chicago in 1893. Her mural, Modern Woman, will
complement Mary MacMonnies' Primitive Woman.
- The Boating Party
- Cassatt acquires Beaufresne, a château 50 miles northwest of Paris, where she will spend much
of the rest of her life.
- Cassatt's first solo exhibition in the United States at Durand-Ruel's gallery in New York is a critical and commercial success.
- Cassatt spends the first half of the year in the United States -- her first visit in more than twenty years.
- Mother and Child
- April. An exhibition held in New York in support of women's suffrage includes substantial installations of works by Cassatt and Degas.
- 14 June. Dies at Beaufresne, in France.