Mary Stevenson Cassatt

(May 22, 1844 � June 14, 1926) Despite her family's objections to her becoming a professional artist, she began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1861-1865). She decided to study the old masters on her own and in 1866 she moved to Paris.

As her style evolved, she moved away from impressionism to a simpler, straightforward approach. By 1886, she no longer identified herself with any art movement and experimented with a variety of techniques. Nearly one third of her paintings depict a mother and child portrayed in intimate relationship and domestic settings.

Diagnosed with diabetes, rheumatism, neuralgia and cataracts in 1911, she did not slow down, but after 1914 she stopped painting because of near blindness.

- By Julie V.

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