Woman with Baby

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.

Provenance

To (Durand-Ruel, Paris); to M. Manaud, Paris; to (Durand-Ruel, Paris, November 22, 1928); to (Durand-Ruel, New York, December 7, 1928); to Albert E. McVitty, Princeton, New Jersey, March 5, 1929; to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York, February 1954); to (Sidney Schoenberg, St. Louis, February 1954); to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York); to Herbert H. Lehman, October 14, 1959; to Herbert H. Lehman Estate; Gift of the Executors of Governor Lehman's Estate and the Edith and Herbert Lehman Foundation to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1968.

Mary Cassatt

American (active in France), 1844–1926

Woman with Baby

c. 1902

Pastel on gray paper

28 3/8 x 20 7/8 in. (72.1 x 53 cm) Frame: 37 3/8 x 30 x 3 13/16 in. (94.9 x 76.2 x 9.7 cm)


Gift of the Executors of Governor Lehman's Estate and the Edith and Herbert Lehman Foundation, 1968

1968.301


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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.

Breeskin, Adelyn D. Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970.