For centuries, depictions of the Holy Family lay at the center of Western art. With this painting, Mary Cassatt embraced and refreshed that tradition. Her family is fully secular and stylistically up to the minute, adding a new degree of pictorial and psychological complexity to the subject. Free brushstrokes, broad areas of flat color, and tight cropping all reflect her involvement with the Impressionists. Cassatt was one of the few women and the only American who worked and exhibited with the French artists.



  • Title: The Family
  • Creator: Mary Cassatt
  • Date Created: 1892
  • Provenance: Durand-Ruel, Paris; Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, New York; Sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, April 10, 1930, no. 78; Durand-Ruel, Inc., New York; F. Dupre, Paris; Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., London, 1954; Mrs. A. Kahn, Detroit; John Levy, New York; Trafo from Zurich (?), 1954; Collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.; Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., 1971.
  • Physical Dimensions: 32 1/4 x 26 1/8 in. (81.9 x 66.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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