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By the Pond

1898
19th Century
14 7/8 in. x 18 in. (37.78 cm x 45.72 cm)

Mary Cassatt, American, (1844–1926)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Color etching and drypoint on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. M. C. Sloss
Accession Number: 1960.16
Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker working in France who developed her artwork during the Impressionist period. She is most known for her mother/child pieces which highlight the small moments experienced when raising children during the late nineteenth century. Although Cassatt is most well-known for her Impressionist oil paintings, which feature a loose brushstroke style, she often dabbled in various printmaking techniques such as drypoint, soft-ground etching, aquatint, woodblock, and hand coloring. By the Pond, a print made in 1898, captures a warm and loving moment between a mother and her son. Depictions of a mother’s home life while raising a child was an under-represented genre in art and Cassatt’s paintings and prints shine a light on the maternal labor of upper and middle-class women in the nineteenth century.

--Mollie Schottsteadt, January 2022

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dimensions
  • Mat Dimensions: 19 7/8 in. x 23 7/8 in. (50.48 cm x 60.64 cm)
  • Image Dimensions: 13 in. x 16 7/8 in. (33.02 cm x 42.86 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 14 7/8 x 18 in. (37.78 x 45.72 cm)

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