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Part of The American Wing
Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)
Date: ca. 1880–81Accession Number: 22.16.17
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1872–1955 New York)
Date: 1896, cast ca. 1906Accession Number: 06.306
Cecilia Beaux (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1855–1942 Gloucester, Massachusetts)
Date: 1894Accession Number: 65.49
Thomas Anshutz (American, Newport, Kentucky 1851–1912 Fort Washington, Pennsylvania)
Date: 1907Accession Number: 1993.324
Date: 1883–85Accession Number: 23.101
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Richard and Maureen Chilton Gallery
Around 1900, refined women were favored subjects of many American artists. The works in this gallery reflect the contemporary notion that a woman's proper sphere was within a harmonious interior, absorbed in cultivated pastimes, or in a sheltered outdoor setting, engaged in leisure activities. These works also suggest the wide range of styles that artists enlisted to depict their genteel subjects. Women artists were especially successful in describing women's activities at first hand. Among them were the painter, pastellist, and printmaker Mary Cassatt, who settled in Paris in 1874, responded to the influence of the French Impressionists, and became the only American to participate in their exhibitions; and the sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh, who worked principally in New York and produced statuettes of women in conventional roles.
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