Mrs. Robert S. Cassatt, the Artist's Mother

Mary Cassattca. 1889

de Young museum

de Young museum
San Francisco, CA, United States

This is the last in a series of portraits Mary Cassatt painted of her mother. Cassatt used the loose brushwork associated with Impressionism to portray her aging mother in a reflective pose. Mrs. Cassatt was a great supporter of her daughter’s career and moved with the artist to France in 1877. Mary Cassatt was the only woman to participate in the Fifth Impressionist Exhibition, held in Paris in 1880, an event that greatly furthered her career.


  • Title: Mrs. Robert S. Cassatt, the Artist's Mother
  • Creator Lifespan: 1844 - 1926
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: female
  • Creator Death Place: Chateau de Beaufresne, Mesnil-Th_ribus, Oise, France
  • Creator Birth Place: Allegheny, PA
  • Date Created: ca. 1889
  • Location: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: w685.8 x h965.2 in
  • Type: Painting
  • painter: Mary Cassatt
  • credit line source: Museum
  • Credit Line: Museum purchase, William H. Noble Bequest Fund

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