Research: Luce Center for American Art

Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child
Accession #19.95
Artist Mary Cassatt
TitleWoman in a Red Bodice and Her Child
Dateca. 1901
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions27 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)
SignedSigned lower left: "Mary CASSATT"
Credit LineCarll H. de Silver Fund
LocationVisible Storage: Case 24, Screen D (Paintings)

Curatorial Remarks: 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.