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Sold to a private collector at the
2004 Palm Beach Jewelry
& Antiques Show
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1925)
Tête d’Enfant, circa 1900–1905
Signed on verso: Mary Cassatt
Wax seal on verso: Sale Mathide X
Oil on canvas laid down on board,
9 x 10 inches
Courtesy of Mark Borghi
Fine Art, Inc.

Pennsylvania native Mary Cassatt was exhibiting to great acclaim in the Paris Salons from 1868 to the mid-1870s when Edgar Degas tapped her to join the Impressionists. After painting alongside Monet, Renoir, and Morisot, she quickly adopted the impressionist technique of applying paint rapidly in a bright palette. Yet, her subject matter remained largely distant from the cafés and society life depicted by her contemporaries: It was at the 1881 Impressionist exhibition in Paris that Cassatt first displayed her signature works in the mother and child theme.

From a private French collection, this sensitive study of a child’s head will be included by the Cassatt Committee in the forthcoming revision of the Mary Cassatt catalogue raisonné.

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