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image of Child in a Straw Hat Mary Cassatt (artist)
American, 1844 - 1926
Child in a Straw Hat, c. 1886
oil on canvas
overall: 65.3 x 49.2 cm (25 11/16 x 19 3/8 in.) framed: 90.8 x 49.5 cm (35 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.)
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
1983.1.17
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From the Tour: Mary Cassatt — Selected Paintings
Object 6 of 10

Later in her career Mary Cassatt often painted the theme of a little girl wearing an oversized hat in poses similar to this one. However this child's serious expression sets the painting apart from other portraits. Most of the girls in Cassatt's paintings of children in hats appear to be willing and happy models; they smile and wear elaborate bonnets and frilly dresses. In Child in a Straw Hat, the little girl wears a plain, gray pinafore and a large, simple straw hat. Her furrowed brow and protruding upper lip suggest that she is impatient; she may have been taken away from her play in order to pose.

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