The Easel

11th June 2024

Breathtaking: Mary Cassatt at Work, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Cassatt’s many portraits of mothers and children have seen her tagged as a sentimental painter. A new show suggests otherwise. Despite family wealth, she was actually a hard worker. Reflecting this, curators now think her paintings intended to show the hard work of raising a family. Further, Cassatt was technically innovative, especially in printmaking. Perhaps she was not as innovative as her fellow Impressionists, one critic observes. Yet, Degas was a life long supporter and he knew a thing or two about art.