Friday, May 22, 2009

Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter from Pennsylvania

"Google Doodle: Mary Cassatt" (May 22, 2009)

"Check out the Google Doodle of the day. Look familiar?

Google is celebrating the birth of the American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt with a Cassatt-inspired Google logo.

A fitting and lovely tribute to a woman whose tender yet unsentimental paintings of women and children....

Mary Cassatt was born May 22, 1844, in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. That's part of Pittsburgh now. She spent a lot of her adult life in France, near Paris, as artistic people were expected to do in those days.

Although she was conventional in that respect, she managed to step on a few toes with her paintings.

"Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)"
The Artchive

" '...Mary Cassatt especially liked children, doting on her nieces and nephews and the offspring of friends. Naturalism and sensuality of a pure, elemental, and nonsexual sort are the hallmarks of Cassatt's portrayals of childhood during the 1880s and 1890s. An example is Children on the Shore...

" 'The physicality in Cassatt's work seems to have made some uncomfortable. Eloquently capturing a moment between rest and play, Portrait of a Little Girl portrays the daughter of friends of Degas in an interior with Cassatt's dog. Cassatt submitted the painting to the American section of the 1878 Paris Exposition universelle: its rejection enraged her....' "


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