Mary Cassatt: Her Brilliant Career, a Retrospective
Forever obscured to our contemporary eyes - by the array of serene mothers with their cherubic children, or images of refined Victorian-era young ladies replete in their formal wear sipping tea - is the extent to which the artist Mary Cassatt was a rebel in her own time. Personally, politically, artistically, and as a feminist - in all these ways this late nineteenth-century artist was among the cultural vanguard.
Vermonters have the opportunity to enjoy a major retrospective of this extraordinary artist's work at the Shelburne Museum's Webb Gallery between now and October 26. The exhibit, Mary Cassatt: Friends and Family, features more than 60 works - by Cassatt, as well as several pieces by Cassatt's colleague and (on-again, off-again) friend Edgar Degas, and a Monet from the museum's collection. The inclusion of paintings, pastels, drawings, and prints by Cassatt reveal the scope of her artistic talents, which extended beyond Impressionism. And one of the "friends" referred to in the exhibit's title is Louisine Elder Havemeyer, a major figure in the history of art collecting and patronage in the United States. The close personal and professional relationship between these two women is a key dimension to the exhibition.
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