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Mary Cassatt, the daughter of a wealthy Pennsylvania banker, traveled extensively through Italy, Belgium and Spain and trained in Paris with several notable teachers including Gérôme and Couture. She met Degas in 1877, and though their friendship would be fitful and end in total estrangement, the encounter proved meaningful for both artists. Under Degas' influence, Cassatt's early, earthy realist style gave way to a more impressionistic approach. He in turn, recruited a sympathetic artisan for his realist faction of Impressionism. Like Degas, Cassatt explored various techniques, including pastels and graphics. She also shared his abiding interest in Japanese art. Excluded from many of her male colleagues' haunts, Cassatt appropriated as her specialty images of upper-class women and children. Characteristic of her later work is this pastel, "Margot in Blue," showing a child wearing a floppy white bonnet and blue dress.

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  • Title: Margot (Lefebvre) in Blue
  • Creator: Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)
  • Date Created: 1902
  • Subject Keywords: child; portrait
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)
  • Provenance: Alexis Rouart (1855-1911) (?), Paris; Monsieur Jacques Seligmann, Paris; Sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 18, 1925, lot no. 25 [not sold]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: drawings
  • Medium: pastel on brown, moderately thick, slightly textured, wove paper
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] in black pastel, lower right: Mary Cassatt
  • Exhibitions: American Artists Abroad: Works from the Permanent Collection . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014., Old Mistresses: Women Artists of the Past. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1972., The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006., Exhibition of Impressionists. City Art Gallery, Manchester, Manchester. 1907-1908., D'art moderne à l'Hôtel de la Revue, Paris, 1912. 1912., Mary Cassatt. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1941-1942., Tableaux et pastels par Mary Cassatt. Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris. 1908., Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998., A Loan Exhibition of Mary Cassatt for the Benefit of the Goddard Neighborhood Center. Wildenstein & Company, New York. 1947.
  • Dimensions: H: 24 1/8 x W: 19 3/4 in. (61.3 x 50.2 cm); Framed H: 30 11/16 x W: 26 x D: 3 1/8 in. (78 x 66 x 8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.303

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