Mary Cassatt: Works on Paper

Jan 20 - Apr 11, 2010
Boca Raton Museum of Art

One of the greatest and most popular of the Impressionists, the American artist Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) created some of her most inventive and appealing images in the print medium. She was captivated by the challenges and artistic possibilities of making prints. These works were a central part of her discipline as a draughtsman, allowing her to focus on the essentials of gesture, form and expression. Cassatt's output as a printmaker was quite small and her prints are praised for being among her most radically innovative works.

This exhibition presented 41 major prints and drawings that have rarely been shown - etchings, color aquatints, counterproofs and drawings, which reveal the range of the artist's creative process and add to our understanding of her innovative approach to art, and her significant contributions to modern printmaking. Organized by Adelson Galleries, New York for the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Accompanying Mary Cassatt: Works on Paper is a fully-illustrated, descriptive catalogue with essays by Warren Adelson, Pamela A. Ivinski, and Barbara Stern Shapiro, which tell the story of these rare works and explore Cassatt's virtuosity as a printmaker.


Mary Cassatt's "The Lamp [La Lampe]" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

MARY CASSATT, The Lamp [La Lampe], 1890, drypoint, soft-ground, and aquatint, 12 ¾ x 10 inches. Courtesy of Adelson Galle