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Woman Bathing

Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)

Date:
1890–91
Medium:
Drypoint and aquatint, printed in color from three plates; fourth state of four (Mathews & Shapiro)
Dimensions:
plate: 14 5/16 x 10 9/16 in. (36.4 x 26.8 cm) sheet: 17 x 11 3/4in. (43.2 x 29.8cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Paul J. Sachs, 1916
Accession Number:
16.2.2
  • Secondary Titles

    La Toilette

  • Description

    The American painter and printmaker Mary Cassatt spent her professional life in Paris, where she was a member of the Impressionist group. "La Toilette" belongs to a group of ten color prints that Cassatt showed at her first independent exhibition (at the Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris) in 1891. The abstract, linear quality of the nude's back drew the attention of Cassatt's colleague and sometime collaborator, Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (1834-1917), who exclaimed, "I do not admit that a woman can draw like that."

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: in graphite outside platemark at lower right: Mary Cassatt

    Inscription: Edition de 25 serie Imprimée par l'artiste et M. Leroy / Mary Cassatt

    Marking: at lower center of margin: Blue MC collector's stamp

  • Provenance

    Donor: Paul J. Sachs

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 17, 1995–August 20, 1995.

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    Breeskin 148 v/v; Mathews & Shapio 10 iv/iv; D-R.37

  • References

    Nancy Mowll Mathews, Barbara Stern Shapiro Mary Cassatt, the Color Prints Ex. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 18-Aug. 27, 1989; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Sept. 9-Nov. 5, 1989 and the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass., Nov. 25, 1989-Jan. 21, 1990. 1989, cat. no. 10 iv/iv.

    Adelyn Dohme Breeskin Mary Cassatt. A Catalogue Raisonne of the Graphic Work. Washington, D.C., 1979, cat. no. 148 v/v, fig. no. Frontispiece, p. 64, ill.

    Nancy Mowll Mathews, Barbara Stern Shapiro Mary Cassatt: The Color Prints Ex. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 18-Aug. 27, 1989; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Sept. 9-Nov. 5, 1989 and the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass., Nov. 25, 1989-Jan. 21, 1990. Williams College Museum of Art, New York, 1989, cat. no. 10, fig. no. Cat. 10-IV, p. 134, ill.

    Elliot Bostwick Davis "Mary Cassatt Color Prints." in The Magazine Antiques. vol. 154, no. 4, New York, 1998, fig. no. Plate II, p. 485, ill.

    George T. M. Shackelford, Xavier Rey Degas and the Nude. Ex. cat., Museum of fine Arts, Boston, Oct. 9, 2011-Feb. 5, 2012 ; and Musée d'Orsay, Paris March 12-July 1. Boston, 2012, fig. no. 125, 115, 225, ill.



  • See also
337064

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