Originally posted on February 6, 2016. Happy Birthday Mary Cassatt, born May 22, 1844!
THE ART OF PASTEL
THE GENIUS OF CASSATT
I have touched with a sense of art some people—they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?
I haven’t been able to find an exact tally of the dozens of works by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) devoted to the mother and child theme. But a large number of them were executed like Mother Combing Her Child’s Hair above in pastel. A medium with its energetic, sketch-like strokes which enabled the Impressionist artist to recreate the immediacy and spontaneity of the maternal bond.
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