Arts Everyday Living: Happy Birthday Mary Cassatt–On the Seashore, Building Sandcastles

Mary Cassatt, Children Playing on the Beach, 1884, oil on canvas, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Title: Children Playing on the Beach, 1884

Artist: Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

Yesterday, May 22, was the 180th birthday of Mary Cassatt.

How many hours have they been sitting along the seashore? The two pinafore clad models of  Children Playing on the Beach above, created by American artistic icon Mary Cassatt which she showed in the last Impressionist exhibition of 1886. Perhaps too long in the case of the little girl turned toward us, her chubby arms and red cheeks likely indicators of a developing sunburn. Yet, she seems unaware, absorbed in play, particularly on carefully shoveling some dirt into her pail. Will the result be a sand castle?

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