Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Culture: Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was born on May 22 in 1844 in what is not Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She became a professional artist in a time when the field was mostly closed to women. She often painted portraits, especially women and children. Cassatt's work captures the bond between women and children for many. Critics at the time said that Cassatt's colors were "too bright" and that her portraits were "too accurate." However, these are the characteristics that make her artwork so enduring.

Here are some of Cassatt's works.

 Self-Portrait, c. 1878

The Child's Bath, 1893

Child in a Straw Hat, 1886

1 comment:

  1. "Too accurate"? I guess I can understand that extreme realism may not have been the fashion of the time, but it still seems like a weird criticism. "Her work is terrible because she's too good at painting things!"