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The Mandolin Player by Mary Cassatt

The Mandolin Player by Mary Cassatt

Christopher-Clark Fine Art



Edition Size: 25

Image Size: 9 3/16 x 6 3/16 inches

Sheet Size: 12 x 9 3/8 inches


Condition: Excellent

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Original drypoint printed in dark umber ink on laid paper bearing a portion of an unidentified watermark. 

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Mary Cassatt, also bearing the artist’s monogram stamp  (Lugt 604) in blue ink at the lower right image tip.

A superb impression of Breeskin’s seventh and final state of this extremely rare drypoint, from the edition of only 25, printed after the addition of the full shading to the fan and the couch, showing delicate burr and a subtle plate tone throughout.  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 130 vii/vii.

9 3/16 x 6 3/16 inches

Sheet Size: 12 x 9 3/8 inches

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

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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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