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New exhibition “Mary Cassatt at Work” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is dedicated to the work of the Pennsylvania-born impressionist

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A new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, titled “Mary Cassatt at Work,” revisits the domestic paintings and illustrations of the country’s only female impressionist, Mary

A new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art entitled “Mary Cassatt at Work” is devoted to the domestic paintings and illustrations of the country’s only female impressionist, writes Judith H. Dobrzynski for The Wall Street Journal.

Mary Cassatt is the only American – and one of the few women – to be accepted into the circle of Impressionists in 19th-century France.

The artist defined herself through her work and often corresponded with her family and friends about it.

Cassatt, who was also a virtuoso printmaker, devoted so much time and energy to her art that she once remarked, “I have neglected my physical well-being, but I have also worked so hard and nothing exhausts one more than painting.”

The exhibition includes her numerous works, in particular her famous paintings of mothers and children, including “The Family”, “Motherly Caress”, “Children Playing on the Beach” and “The Child’s Bath”, all of which demonstrate the artist’s sensitive approach to this subject.

The exhibition presents 19 pastels that are rarely seen due to their fragility.

“Mary Cassatt at Work,” curated by Jennifer A. Thompson and Laurel Garber, runs through September 8 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Read more about the new Mary Cassatt exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in The Wall Street Journal.

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