Woman with Baby

Woman with Baby

Mary Cassatt, American, 1844-1926

1902

Pastel on gray paper

The child’s embrace and the woman’s affectionate expression suggest the tender relationship between mother and daughter, though the figures were, in fact, unrelated. The woman was among Cassatt’s favorite models, her cook Reine LeFebvre. The pastels are subtly blended to represent the varying textures of flesh and hair, and the striking orange, blue, and green colors of the voluminous kimono are echoed in the background.

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