Celebrating Mother’s Day at Home with Mary Cassatt
“There’s only one thing in life for a woman; it’s to be a mother… A woman artist must be… capable of making primary sacrifices.”
“It changed my life. I saw art then as I wanted to see it.”
In this time of solitude, we are celebrating Mother’s Day from a distance via technology, social media or waving through a window. Location and distance are merely constructs and not insurmountable barriers.
To commemorate this unforgettable time and to recognize we are together in spirit, ChasingART’s new series, Houses & Homes, is a reflection of our current reality of social distancing, working and studying from home, and self isolation.
Today, Mary Cassatt has joined us for Mother’s Day, which came to me this morning when I turned over my art calendar to reveal Mary Cassatt’s pastel on brown paper, “A Goodnight Hug”. Mary Cassatt embodied a mother’s love of her child in a simple gesture of protection, acceptance and joy. When I view her paintings, I am reminded of home, of family and doing the things we love to do at home – reading, teatime, crafts, being together.
Mary Cassatt was known as one of “les trois grandes dames (the three great ladies) of Impressionism.” That was the description given by Gustave Geoffrey, French journalist, art critic, historian and novelist known for being one of the earliest historians of the Impressionist art movement. The other two were Marie Bracquemond and Berthe Morisot.
Mary Cassatt lived life on her terms, a brilliant outlier that persevered despite the lack of support from her father and society’s view of woman artists. She was relentless in her desire to create art. Her legacy continues to inspire
Reading “Le Figaro” by Mary Cassatt (1878), Collection Mrs. Eric de Spoelberch, Haverford, Pennsylvania
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“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?”