AN AME­RI­CAN IN PA­RIS

GREATER PARIS - - [ The Guide] -

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

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