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Reflection by Mary Cassatt

Reflection by Mary Cassatt

Christopher-Clark Fine Art



Edition Size: 25

Image Size: 10 1/4 x 6 7/8 inches

Sheet Size: 12 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches

Reference: Breeskin 131 iv/iv


Condition: Excellent

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Original drypoint printed in brown/black ink on laid Japan paper

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Mary Cassatt.

A superb impression of Breeskin’s fourth and final state of this scarce drypoint, richly printed with several touches of burr throughout, printed after the addition of the shading behind the lower edge of the chair, bearing the artist’s monogram stamp (Lugt 604) in blue ink in the lower left corner of the platemark (indicating that the artist personally approved this impression of the definitive state), from the edition of only 25.  One of twelve drypoints, each published in an edition of 25, exhibited in November-December, 1893, in the large, comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s paintings, pastels, drawings, and prints, at the Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, and again at Galerie Durand-Ruel, New York in 1895.

Catalog: Breeskin 131 iv/iv.

10 ¼ x 6 7/8 inches

Sheet Size: 12 ¾ x 9 7/8 inches

In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with wide margins.

Literature regarding this artwork: Nancy Mathews & Barbara Shapiro, Mary Cassatt: The Color Prints, Harry N. Abrams, New York, fig. 24.e, p. 40 (ill.); Rosen/Pinsky, Mary Cassatt Prints and Drawings from the Artist’s Studio, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 2000, p. 61 (ill.); Rosen/Pinsky, Mary Cassatt Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Ambroise Vollard, Adelson, New York, 2008, no. 52, p. 77 (ill.).

Collections in which impressions of this state of this drypoint can be found: New York Public Library; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; Chicago Art Institute; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Art Museum of Princeton University, New Jersey.

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The Artist

Mary Cassatt

American printmaker and painter Mary Cassatt was born in 1844 in Pennsylvania, but most of her career took place in France, having spent time both in France and Germany with her family when she was young. She was renowned for being the only American artist to have exhibited in Paris with the Impressionists. Her family did not approve of her desire to be an artist, but regardless, at 15, she decided to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia to formally study painting. Her subject matter often featured the lives of women, and frequently the bond between a child and its mother.

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