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image of Maternal Caress Mary Cassatt (artist)
American, 1844 - 1926
Maternal Caress, 1890-1891
color drypoint and aquatint on cream laid paper
plate: 36.8 x 26.8 cm (14 1/2 x 10 9/16 in.) sheet: 43.5 x 30.3 cm (17 1/8 x 11 15/16 in.)
Mathews and Shapiro 1989, no. 12, State vi/vi
Chester Dale Collection
1963.10.255
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From the Tour: Mary Cassatt — Selected Color Prints
Object 9 of 12

After seeing the exhibition of Japanese woodcuts at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Mary Cassatt determined to create prints that captured similar bold designs and spare beauty. The models may be friends of the artist, as Cassatt frequently included her friends' and relatives' children in her paintings, drawings, and prints. The artist does not idealize the children's poses; rather, the awkward hugs and the chubby bodies reflect her ability to portray intimate moments seriously and without sentimentality.

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