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Edition Size: 25

Image Size: 7 1/8 x 6 1/16 inches

Sheet Size: 13 x 8 1/4 inches

Reference: Breeskin 133 v/v


Condition: Excellent

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Original drypoint printed in dark umber ink on laid paper bearing the “VANDERLEY” watermark

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

A superb impression of Breeskin’s fifth and final state of this extremely rare etching, printed after the shading was added to the table top and the wide moulding was added to its edge, showing touches of burr and a delicate, warm plate tone throughout, from the edition of only 25 (of which 12 were already represented in museum collections internationally in 1979).  One of the twelve drypoint subjects, each published in an edition of 25, exhibited in March, 1890, in the Exposition des Peintres-Graveurs at the Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, and again in November-December, 1893, in the large, comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s paintings, pastels, drawings, and prints, also at the Galerie Durand-Ruel.

Catalog: Breeskin 133 v/v

7 1/8 x 6 1/16 inches

Sheet Size: 13 x 8 ¼ 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.g, p. 41 (ill.);

John Ittmann, Post-Impressionist Prints: Paris in the 1890’s, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1998, p. 6 (ill.);

M. Rosen & S. Pinsky, Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Artist’s Studio, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 2000, p. 63 (ill.);

M. Rosen & S. Pinsky, Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Ambroise Vollard, New York, 2008, nos. 57-60, pp. 80-81 (ill.).

Collections in which impressions of this state of this drypoint can be found: Avery Collection, New York Public Library, New York; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Michigan; Lucas Collection, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Rosenwald Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; The Art Museum of Princeton University, New Jersey; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Springfield Art Museum, Missouri.mary cass

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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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