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The Fitting

An exhibition of more than seven hundred ukiyo-e prints in Paris in 1890 inspired the expatriate Impressionist Mary Cassatt to experiment with color printing, resulting in her most formally daring and technically ambitious works. In the manner of Japanese print series, she conceived of a set of ten images, including this and In the Omnibus, depicting the daily activities of a typical middle-class woman. While Cassatt emulated the Japanese style—evident in the flattened forms, unmodulated planes of color, and strong decorative outlines—her technique was a highly inventive combination of printing processes that garnered critical admiration in Europe and America.

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