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Offering the Panale to the Bullfighter  by Mary Stevenson Cassatt

Mary Stevenson Cassatt
American, 1844-1926
Offering the Panale to the Bullfighter
Oil on canvas
100.6 x 85.1 cm
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1947

Painted in Seville, Spain, this picture depicts a young woman serving a refreshing panale (honeycomb or sponge sugar dipped in water) to a bullfighter. Cassatt had traveled to Spain to study the work of Old Masters. With its bold handling of paint and rich colors, Offering the Panale demonstrates the influence of such seventeenth-century painters as Diego Velázquez.

This work is currently included as part of the Clark's international tour.