Margot Wearing a Bonnet by Mary Cassatt
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Margot Wearing a Bonnet by Mary Cassatt

Margot Wearing a Bonnet by Mary Cassatt

  • This exceptional pencil on paper was composed by the legendary American Impressionist Mary Cassatt
  • The subject is a young girl named Margot, one of Cassatt's favorite models
  • It comes from a series of children that Cassatt composed at the turn of the century
  • Cassatt is recognized as one of the foremost 19th-century American painters and printmakers
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Mary Stevenson Cassatt
1844–1926 | American

Margot Wearing a Bonnet

Stamped with Mathilde X collection stamp (lower right)
Pencil on paper

Along with her contemporary Berthe Morisot, Mary Stevenson Cassatt is celebrated as one of art history’s leading female Impressionists. Throughout her career, Cassatt explored the themes of women and childhood with an incomparable intimacy and humanity. It is her images of young female children that rank among the most popular and significant examples of American Impressionism, and she frequently returned to the subject throughout her career. Margot Wearing a Bonnet is a charming example of this theme, capturing an endearing young girl in the signature Impressionist style of Cassatt’s late output.

The delightful work on paper is one of a series of children that Cassatt composed at the turn of the century. The model is the young Margot Lux, a child from the village near Cassatt’s country home; she was a favorite of Cassatt, who captured her likeness in nearly fifty works, including Cassatt's famed Young Mother Sewing (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Executed in 1902, the work is sketched with Cassatt's quick, yet confident lines, which capture the girl's most charming features - her innocent expression as she sits in her delightfully frilly bonnet. Tender, yet unsentimental, the work is exemplary of Cassatt's highly coveted portraits.

As one of just four female and the only American member of the Impressionist circle, Mary Cassatt stands out. Born in Pennsylvania in 1844, she was a daughter of Robert Cassatt, the founder of Cook & Cassatt, a mercantile shipping company. Due to her father’s business, she spent part of her childhood in France and Germany, and thus developed a cosmopolitan outlook early in life. Between 1860 and 1865, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and in December 1865 she sailed to Paris to study with the French painters Charles Chaplin and Jean-Léon Gérôme.

In 1868, Cassatt made her debut at the Paris Salon, but returned to Philadelphia in 1870 due to the onset of the Franco-Prussian war. However, by 1874 she had settled again in Paris, where she would live most of her adult life. Just three years later, she met a man who would change the trajectory of her career forever: Edgar Degas. At his invitation, she joined a group that would become known as the Impressionists and, under his influence, developed a love for drawing and mastery over pastels. Inspired by the “new painting,” Cassatt abandoned her former academic manner and adopted the high-keyed hues and modern subjects of Impressionism. Best remembered for her intimate portrayal of women, children, and the mother-child relationship, she was a vital contributor to the Impressionist circle. Today, her works can be found in important collections the world over, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée du Louvre, and Musée d'Orsay.

Circa 1902

Paper: 7 3/4" high x 5 3/4" wide
Frame: 14 1/2" high x 12 1/2" wide

Exhibited:
Galerie A.-M. Reitlinger, Paris, 1931

References:
Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings, 1970, A. Dohme Breeskin, p. 292, no. 885 (illustrated)

Provenance:
From the artist to Mathilde Vallet, 1927
Mathilde X sale, Paris, 1931
Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1966
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Framed:12 1/2"W x 14 1/2"H
Unframed:5 3/4"W x 7 3/4"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Children
Width:12 1/2 Inches
Height:14 1/2 Inches
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