Young Mother (1900) by Mary Cassatt

Young Mother - Mary Cassatt - 1900

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Mother
ArtistMary Cassatt
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions92.4 x 73.7 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US

About Young Mother

The artwork titled “Young Mother” is an oil on canvas painting by Mary Cassatt dating back to 1900. This genre painting, which falls under the Impressionism movement, measures 92.4 by 73.7 centimeters and is currently housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, USA.

In this charming and intimate composition, Cassatt depicts the tender moment between a mother and her child. The mother, clothed in a light blue dress with black and white striped accents, sits comfortably with an air of casual elegance. She appears to be preoccupied with sewing, focused intently on the task at hand, while the indirect light bathing the scene emphasizes the softness of her features. Beside her, a young child clings to her, gazing thoughtfully out towards the viewer with an expression of quiet contemplation. The child’s white dress provides a stark contrast to the vividness of the mother’s attire, underlining the purity and innocence of youth.

The background offers a glimpse of nature through a window, the greenery outside adding to the serene atmosphere. A vase with bright orange flowers on the left of the canvas injects a lively burst of color into the scene, complementing the predominantly pastel palette. The brushwork is loose and fluid, typical of the Impressionist style, aiming to capture the essence of the moment rather than meticulous detail. The warmth and domesticity of the subject matter are characteristic of many of Cassatt’s works, which often explore themes centered around the private and intimate moments of women’s lives, especially in their roles as caretakers and nurturers.

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