Mary Cassatt, Impressionist Artist

I am working on a pastel portrait for a secret commission, right now, and thought I would share a little snippet about a famous pastel artist from the past.  I'm sure most of you have seen a painting by Mary Cassatt, although you may not have known the name of the artist.  She painted in many different mediums, but she liked pastels because they have no odor and are easy to use.  You don't have to worry about them drying out, they have very strong color, and they are easy to work with and blend.  She was born in Pennsylvania in 1844, but after becoming an artist, she lived the rest of her life in France, eventually becoming a member of the impressionists, which included Monet, Renoir, Manet, Pissaro, Cezanne, and many others.  She worked hard and endured much to get ahead in the art world.  At one point, Degas, who was a very difficult person to get along with anyway, said of her, "No woman has the right to draw like that."  She rose above it all and made some beautiful art of beautiful subjects:  Mothers and their children.  Here are some of her works.  Please let me know your thoughts about her works.

 

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Young Mother Sewing

 

Oil painting

 
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Sleepy Baby

Pastel painting

 
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Toilette

Oil painting