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Mary Cassatt’s fame rests on her images of young mothers and children, subjects the American expatriate and Francophile depicted in many media, including drypoint. A drypoint is made by scratching a design with a needle directly into a metal plate. The plate is then coated with ink to fill the scratches. Excess ink is wiped off the plate before it is run through a press to produce the image on paper.Cassatt successfully translated the dashing effects of her impressionistic painting style into this drypoint, which shows Margot Lux, a friend’s daughter whom the artist rendered many times. Margot kneels in a chair with her back turned toward the viewer. Looking over her shoulder, she appears unhappy, perhaps suggesting mild disobedience.

Details

  • Title: Kneeling in an Armchair
  • Creator: Mary Cassatt
  • Date Created: ca. 1903
  • Physical Dimensions: w198.12 x h240.03 in (Plate)
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Humbert Tinsman Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. James E. C. Tinsman in memory of C. Humbert and Julia Tinsman, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Humbert Tinsman Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. James E. C. Tinsman in memory of C. Humbert and Julia Tinsman
  • Medium: Drypoint on paper
  • Culture: American

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