National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Portrait of an Elderly Lady Mary Cassatt (artist)
American, 1844 - 1926
Portrait of an Elderly Lady, c. 1887
oil on canvas
overall: 72.9 x 60.3 cm (28 11/16 x 23 3/4 in.) framed: 100.3 x 84.1 cm (39 1/2 x 33 1/8 in.)
Chester Dale Collection
1963.10.7
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From the Tour: Mary Cassatt — Selected Paintings
Object 7 of 10

Mary Cassatt had great respect for the art of Manet and Degas. Portrait of an Elderly Lady demonstrates her admiration for Edouard Manet through her use of large dark areas, near black, and warm flesh tones applied with the rich, broad brushstrokes typical of Manet's work.

Although the identity of the sitter in Portrait of an Elderly Lady is unknown, she appears in other works by the artist. Cassatt paints the woman with characteristic candor, including gray hair and wrinkles. Sitting on a chintz upholstered slipper chair with her elbow slung across the top, her casual pose exudes self-confidence. The large, pink rose in her bonnet is a youthful symbol that brightens her dark attire.

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