Mother and Child (c. 1900) by Mary Cassatt

Mother and Child - Mary Cassatt - c.1889

Artwork Information

TitleMother and Child
ArtistMary Cassatt
Dimensions71 x 58.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Mother and Child

The artwork “Mother and Child,” a creation of artist Mary Cassatt dating to circa 1889, is a watercolor representation embodying the impressionist movement. Its dimensions measure 71 by 58.5 centimeters, classifying it as a sketch and study genre. Currently, this sensitive portrayal of maternal affection is held within a private collection.

In the artwork, we observe the tender and intimate moment shared between a mother and her child. The mother is depicted in a state of embrace, her figure rendered in loosely abstracted forms, capturing the essence and emotion of the scene rather than delving into detailed realism. The child, donned in a vibrant blue garment, captures the viewer’s attention with an expression of tranquility and a sense of security within the mother’s arms. The spare use of line and color characteristic of Cassatt’s impressionistic technique conveys a softness and warmth, emphasizing the emotional depth of the maternal bond. The artist’s signature is discreetly placed in the bottom right corner of the composition, marking her authorship.

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