Celebrating Father’s Day with Mary Cassatt

“I have touched with a sense of art some people – they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?”

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

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Portrait of Alexander – J. Cassatt (Mary’s Brothers) and his son, Robert Kelso Cassatt 1844, Paris

24 Comments

  1. Resa

    I have so many mixed emotions.
    My real father abandoned us. My step father lacked the courage to love us. I’d wanted a father/daughter relationship so bad, one day, as an adult, I had to get off the bus because a father/daughter Campbell’s Soup ad was ripping me up.
    I celebrate fathers, because of how important they are. I raise a cheer to all fathers who were fathers, not just biologically, but in reality.
    Blood may be thicker than water, but sometimes we just need water.

    1. Clanmother

      I agree wholeheartedly, Resa. My husband’s father abandoned him when he was eight. It was a pivotal moment for him because that experience steadied his resolve to be better, to embrace responsibility, to give hope and courage to a new generation. There were others “water” that filled that his father’s role. And that made all of the difference. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and adding depth to this conversation. Hugs and love coming your way…

      1. Resa

        Hugs and love back at you… I am a bit choked. You remind me that I am not alone, and that good comes out of unexpected people… and places. Somehow I think that my turning to creativity came from all of what happened. Make art, not war! LOVE!!!
        I see another response, but dinner is up! I’ll be back!!!! ❤

    1. Clanmother

      Thank you Gallivanta for the fantastic article. We owe a great deal to those who supported the artistic community (Gertrude Stein, the Cone Sisters etc). I love family connections because of the way siblings and parents nurture, support, and challenge each other. Think of the Rossetti family. I can only imagine the conversations at the dinner table.

  2. ernstblumenstein

    Ein sehr schönes Gemälde dieser Malerin, die ich bis anhin nicht gekannt habe. Markant ist der blühende Teint des Sohnes, während seine Augen- und Nasenpartien stark denjenigen seines Vaters ähneln.

    Vielen Dank Rebecca für den schönen Beitrag. Ernst

    1. Clanmother

      Mary Cassatt war in der Lage, das schöne Gefühl der Familie einzufangen. Sie hatte ein erstaunliches Verständnis von Menschen. Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch. Ich schätze Ihre Besuche.

  3. Mary Jo Malo

    Oh so lovely. You’re always bringing the beauty. For a Mothers’ Day present many years ago, my daughters blessed me with a book, “The Art of Motherhood” which heavily featured Cassatt’s pieces. A few years ago I read Robin Oliveira’s “I Always Loved You” which I know you’d enjoy. Your visual arts blogs are truly a joy. Thank you!

    1. Clanmother

      Thank you for your wonderfully encouraging comments – you just made my day. I wanted to find a way to add art into my daily routine and was delighted when I found the “art” calendar, which has been my companion for over 8 years. Everyone morning, I turn over the page to see something new (no looking ahead – although that is very difficult to do. Thank you for your book suggestions. I have found “I Always Loved You” on Kindle. Looking forward to the read.

  4. valeriedavies

    One of my favourite painters… her use of colour, her tender insights into femininity and womanliness evoke such a feeling of well-being, and the goodness of life… whatever her life and love in Paris…( just been reading a book about her !!!)
    Lovely post as ever, dear Rebecca…

    1. Clanmother

      This was such a special time for artistic expression. How I would love to put on a magic hat and travel back in time and explore the world in which Mary Cassatt lived. What book are you reading?

    1. Clanmother

      I do love my art calendar. I have already pre-ordered my 2019 calendar which has Dancers by Matisse on the cover. Your thoughts on 100 of creativity has capture my imagination – you continue to inspire me.

  5. Annika Perry

    Rebecca, lovely to see your post! This is such a tender painting and a new one to me. The son seems almost protective of his father, and I feel both are lost in thought – not really reading the words of the newspaper. What a wonderful quote by Mary Cassat, isn’t that what all artists, whatever form that may take, desire from their work?! Hugs, xx

    1. Clanmother

      I agree wholeheartedly, Annika. We are all artists – we must fulfill our creative spirit. Many times (and I include myself in this) we think our gifts and talents are too inconsequential to pursue. And yet, when we have the courage to take take first step, we are immersed in the joy of discovery. Which reminds me, I LOVE Scrivener!! Thank you!!!

    1. Clanmother

      I am so pleased you added the link to your blog. I went back to view it again as I had before. The blog post was 2007 – timeless. Can you believe that we have been connected for this many years!!! What a grand adventure we’ve been on…

  6. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    It’s always great to see your posts, and another one is ‘waiting’ in limbo for me to send you a comment! I crowd the browser with pages to read offline, then vanish —… will be back around mid week! See you then, as the battery’s about to go dead in the laptop!

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