Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child
The boldly independent painter Mary Cassatt, who spent her entire career in France and was the only American to be included in the original French Impressionist exhibitions of the 1870s, is best remembered for her paintings of “modern madonnas,” such as the one on view here. Cassatt focused almost exclusively on this theme from the 1880s onward; while drawing on its long tradition in French art, she also took cues from her Impressionist peers, who portrayed their own domestic milieus as part of their imperative to paint modern life. Unmarried and childless, Cassatt relied on family and neighbors for her models, devoting particular attention to the intimate maternal embrace.
- Artist: Mary Cassatt, American, 1844-1926
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: ca. 1901
- Dimensions: 27 x 20 1/4 in. (68.6 x 51.4 cm) Frame: 35 7/16 x 28 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (90 x 73.3 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "Mary CASSATT"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 19.95
- Credit Line: Carll H. de Silver Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926). Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child, ca. 1901. Oil on canvas, 27 x 20 1/4 in. (68.6 x 51.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 19.95
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)