A dark aubergine vase containing purple and white lilacs is shown placed on what seems to be a sill or work surface in a greenhouse, with the adjacent window held open by a prop. This most simple of subjects is presented with an angular fluency and dash characteristic of Cassatt's best work, which is not surprising given her love of gardens and flowers. Pure still life is a great rarity in her oeuvre, usually concentrated on the human figure. However, on occasion she placed landscape or floral elements within her compositions as colorful backdrops and accents. This alluring picture was originally owned by Moyse Dreyfus, a Parisian collector, who was a friend and early patron of Cassatt.
Artist: Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)Date: probably begun 1898Medium: Pastel on wove paper, mounted on canvasAccession: 1992.235On view in:Not on view
Artist: Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)Date: ca. 1899Medium: Pastel on laid paper, originally mounted on a strainerAccession: 60.132.1On view in:Gallery 769