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Mary Stevenson Cassatt, American, (1845–1926)
Sara Smiling, c. 1904
Ink on Paper
9 in. x 6 1/4 in. (22.86 cm x 15.88 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Etching and Drypoint
Creation Place: North America, America
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 97.1.29


Marks
No marks are visible while the piece is matted and framed.

Medium
Black ink on wove paper; drypoing etching.

Object Description
Drypoint etching with full margins on wove paper; from the later Delatre edition, printed 1923. American impressionist style print of a portrait of a little girl.

An unconventional portraitist, Mary Cassatt was less interested in rendering a close likeness of the sitter, or a psychological interpretation of the personality, than in the pictorial ventures, which figure painting offered. She brought to her portrayals a forceful draftsmanship and a sustained distaste for masking her models in false beauty.

In 1845, Cassatt was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her wealthy family thought a career in art unsuitable for women, but Cassatt persisted until she was permitted to enroll at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 1874, she traveled to Paris, where she allied herself with the impressionist movement. She began etching in order to improve her drawing technique, and showed a distinguished talent for draftsmanship. She became well known for her prints, including dry-point etchings, as exemplified by Smiling Sara which features the same girl seen in the painting in the Scripps Collection, Smiling Sara in a Hat Trimmed with a Pansy, 1901.

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