About the Artist
Known for her perceptive depictions of women and children, Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) was one of the few American artists active in the 19th-century French avant-garde. She was invited to join a progressive group popularly known as the impressionists in 1877 by Edgar Degas, an artist she particularly admired. They shared in innovative spirit, and a close working relationship developed between the two artists.
During her long residence in France, Cassatt sent paintings back to exhibitions in the United States—hers were among the first impressionist works seen in this country. By advising wealthy American patrons on acquisitions, she also played a crucial role in forming some of the most important collections of impressionist art in America.
In Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (1878), Mary Cassatt demonstrated her powers of observation by showing her young subject sprawled in a large blue armchair. The smartly dressed little girl fidgets, while her dog sleeps in the chair next to her. The girl's pose has the naturalism of childhood that would later characterize many of Cassatt's paintings of children.
- 11 x 14 inches