Happy Birthday: Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was born on May 22nd and is well known for her impressionist paintings depicting the relationship between mothers and their children.

Having attended the Art Institute of Chicago (well known for their extensive impressionist collection) I'm familiar with Mary Cassatt. I always respected her technique and the emotion she brought to her pieces but never researched her further. For this post, I wanted to select her work that I haven't seen before; and learn more about her background and influences. 

It was interesting to learn that she never married or had children of her own. She was a strong supporter of women's rights by showed her work in exhibitions supporting the women's suffrage movement. She also created a large mural for the Women's Building at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The mural was a triptych with the three titles being; Young Women Plucking the Fruits of Knowledge or Science, Young Girls Pursuing Fame, and Arts Music Dancing. Learning more about her provides a new perspective on her work.

"I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up."

~ Mary Cassatt