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Woman with Baby  by Mary Stevenson Cassatt

Mary Stevenson Cassatt
American, 1844-1926
Woman with Baby
c. 1902
Pastel on paper
72.1 x 53 cm
Gift of the Executors of Governor Lehmanâs Estate and the Edith and Herbert Lehman Foundation, 1968

Mary Cassatt's favorite subjects were women with children, often depicted, as here, in pastel. Never a mother herself, she managed to convey the nuances of feeling between mother and child, a theme she explored extensively from about 1888 to the end of her life. Although the implied relationship in Woman with Baby is that of mother and daughter, the models were not related. The woman has been identified as Cassatt's favorite model at this time, Reine LeFebvre, a local girl whom she employed as a cook.