Mary Cassatt's Prints: Experiments in Understanding

Mary Cassatt's Prints: Experiments in Understanding


December 3, 2017

3:00 PM-4:00 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Art historian Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator, Emerita at the Williams College Museum of Art, explores how Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt worked with preliminary states (stages in the development of a print), which the esteemed print scholar William Ivins called “experiments in understanding.” Looking at similar prints by Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Félix Bracquemond from about the same time (1880), Mathews explores the artists' efforts to arrive at a new, Impressionist definition of “linear thinking.”

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Clark’s exhibition The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, on view November 5, 2017–January 7, 2018.

Image: Mary Cassatt (American (active in France), 1844–1926), The Visit (detail), c. 1881. Softground aquatint, drypoint and etching on paper. Clark Art Institute, 1967.4