AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
The Musée Jacquemart-andré is hosting a major retrospective devoted to the American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt who in her lifetime was considered to be the greatest living American artist. The show brings together some 50 major works including oil paintings, pastels, drawings and engravings, which accompanied by diverse documents and archives recount the story of an American in Paris.
The American-born artist would live in France for 60 years and is the only female American painter to have exhibited with the Impressionist group in Paris. Discovered by Edgar Degas at the Salon of 1874, she would exhibit regularly with the group in the 19th century.
Born into a family of wealthy American bankers who had some French origins, Cassatt lived in both the United States and then France before studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and then subsequently establishing herself definitively in France. She navigated between the two continents, which imparted upon her a cultural duality that left its mark on her singular style and helped her to make her way in the very masculine French art world. She excelled in the art of portrait painting and enjoyed recounting daily life in her work with a predilection for portraying members of her family. Her unique representation and modern interpretation of the traditional subject of a mother and child would bring her international recognition.
From March 9th through to July 23rd 158 blvd Haussmann (8th), 01 45 62 11 59 www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com