Thursday, October 1, 2009
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) was an American painter and printmaker and exhibited as an Impressionist in France, where she lived much of her adult life. The theme of her works were the social and private world of women, many included the intimate bond between mother and child. I find these images so endearing, yet they were formed with an observing eye, not necessarily a sentimental one. I find joy in this brightly colored image and many of her other images for the simple reason that she took everyday events and made them seem extraordinary to the viewer. She was privy to women’s lives because she was one of them, but she also made her way through the art world giving more women a voice through her own expression. I am thankful today for all the women who have sacrificed and conceded, but never gave up in their quest for expression. This is my tribute to one of my heroines of the art world.