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.