Mary Cassatt  (American, 1844-1926) 

whitespace
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926), considered one of the most prominent and notable 19th-century American painters, was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania—now a part of Pittsburgh—and was one of seven children, two of whom died in infancy. As the daughter of wealthy parents, Cassatt was able to travel at a young age, and would spend most of her adult life in Europe, primarily in France. She is best known for her paintings depicting women in their public and private realms, and for her later association with the Impressionists. Cassatt began studying painting at the age of 15 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, despite her family’s disapproval of her interest in being a professional artist. In 1866, she moved to Paris with her mother and family friends, where she applied to study privately with instructors from the exclusive École des Beaux-Arts. Within just two years, one of Cassatt’s paintings was accepted for display in the highly-selective Paris Salon. Cassatt returned home to the United States in 1870, due to the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War, and was then commissioned by the Archbishop of Pittsburgh to paint copies of paintings by 16th-century Italian painter Antonio da Correggio (1489–1534). This commission enabled her to earn the money necessary to continue painting, and Cassatt returned to Europe in 1871 and permanent residence in France in 1874, where her work was regularly exhibited at the Paris Salon. In 1877, Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917) invited her to exhibit her paintings with the Impressionists, and they became close friends and colleagues. For the highly successful 1879 Impressionist exhibition, Cassatt painted some of her best known paintings, including Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (1878), Portrait of the Artist (1878), and Reading Le Figaro (1878), which is a portrait of Cassatt’s mother. Cassatt’s works are part of the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Find Mary Cassatt artworks for sale worldwide, artworks that sold at auction, a detailed biography, and more information on the artist below.
envelope Get email alerts about this artist!  
Artworks for sale (52)
In Art Galleries (52)
Dealers selling (36)
Dealers Buying (2)

Sold Artworks
In Past Auctions (1549)

Calendar
Exhibitions (6)
Art Fairs (1)

artnet Magazine
Articles (30)

More Information
Biography
Monograph of Mary Cassatt
artnet Analytics Reports
Market Reports
* paid service

Artworks for sale (52)

View All   

Mary Cassatt, At the Dressing Table

 

Mary Cassatt
At the Dressing Table
circa 1879

R. S. Johnson Fine Art
Mary Cassatt, Margot Wearing a Bonnett

 

Mary Cassatt
Margot Wearing a Bonnett
1902

Zygman Voss Gallery
Mary Cassatt, Sarah Smiling

 

Mary Cassatt
Sarah Smiling
1904

Zygman Voss Gallery
Mary Cassatt, Manicure

 

Mary Cassatt
Manicure
Zygman Voss Gallery
Mary Cassatt, At the Dressing Table

 

Mary Cassatt
At the Dressing Table
circa 1880

Marc Rosen Fine Art, Ltd.
Mary Cassatt, By the Pond

 

Mary Cassatt
By the Pond
circa 1896

Marc Rosen Fine Art, Ltd.
Mary Cassatt, Preparing Bill for an Outing

 

Mary Cassatt
Preparing Bill for an Outing
circa 1889

Marc Rosen Fine Art, Ltd.
Mary Cassatt, Woman and Child in Front of a Fruit Tree

 

Mary Cassatt
Woman and Child in Front of a Fruit Tree
1893

Hammer Galleries
Mary Cassatt, Degas Ballerina Resting (done in collaboration with Degas)

 

Mary Cassatt
Degas Ballerina Resting (done in collaboration with Degas)
1875

Lost Art Gallery
Past auction results (1549)  View All
Mary Cassatt, Denise Holding Her Child

 

Mary Cassatt
Denise Holding Her Child
drypoint

 

View Details
Mary Cassatt, Jeannette portant un bonnet et La manucure (2 works)

 

Mary Cassatt
Jeannette portant un bonnet et La manucure (2 works)
drypoint

 

View Details
Mary Cassatt, Jeannette portant un bonnet et Sarah souriant (2 works)

 

Mary Cassatt
Jeannette portant un bonnet et Sarah souriant (2 works)
drypoint w/watercolor

 

View Details

1844   Born: May 22nd in Allegheny City, PA
1861   Studies at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
1866   Studied for a short period in the studio of Charles Chaplin, then took private lessons from Jean-Léon Gérôme.
1868 - 1874   Participates in her first Salon, Paris, France
1904   Legion d'Honneur, France
1910   Becomes a member of the National Academy of Desing in New York
1926   Dies: June 14th in Château de Beaufresne in Mesnil-Théribus , France
1928   A Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mary Cassatt, Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh, PA
1926 - 1927   Memorial Collection of the Works of Mary Cassatt, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1927   Mary Cassatt Memorial Exhibition, Pennsylvania Museum of Art Philadelphia, PA
1926   Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by Mary Cassatt, Durand-Ruel New York
1924   Exposition de Tableaux et pastels par Mary Cassatt, Durand-Ruel Paris
1920   Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by Mary Cassatt, Durand-Ruel New York
1915   Loan Exhibition of Masterpieces by Old and Modern Painters, M. Knoedler & Co. New York
1914   Tableaux, Pastels, Dessins et Pointes-Sèches par Mary Cassatt, Durand-Ruel Paris, France
1908   Exposition Mary Cassatt, Galerie Vollard Paris, France
1908   Tableaux et pastels par Mary Cassatt, Durand-Ruel Paris, France
1898   Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels and Etchings by Miss Mary Cassatt, St. Botolph Club Boston, MA
1895   Exposition of Paintings, Pastels and Etchings by Miss Mary Cassatt, Durand-Ruel New York
1893   Exposition Mary Cassatt, Dunad-Ruel Paris, France
1891   Exposition de Tableaux, Pastels, et Gravures par Mlle. Mary Cassatt, Durand-Ruel Paris, France
1886   8me Exposition de Peinture, (8th Impressionist Exhibition) Paris, France
1881   6me Exposition de Peinture, (6th Impressionist Exhibition) Paris, France
1880   5me Exhibition de Peinture, (5th Impressionist Exhibition) Paris, France
1879   4me Exposition de Peinture (Fourth Impressionist Exhibition), Paris, France
1878   Exposition Universelle, Paris, France
1876   Paris Salon
1875   Paris Salon
1874   Paris Salon
1873   Paris Salon
1872   Paris Salon
1870   Paris Salon
1868   Paris Salon