An Amer­i­can in Paris

Milk Magazine (English) - - EXHIBITION -


This spring the Parisian Musée Jacquemart-André pays trib­ute to an Im­pres­sion­ist painter who, strangely, re­mains lit­tle known in France: Mary Cassatt. The Amer­i­can-born artist, who lived for over sixty years in France and was a close friend of Edgar De­gas, was one of the only women (and the only Amer­i­can woman) to be­long to the move­ment formed by Monet in the late 19th cen­tury. Fas­ci­nated by the theme of the fam­ily, she of­ten used hers as mod­els. Mary Cassatt rein­ter­preted rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the Madonna and Child with an un­prece­dented mod­ern slant, bor­row­ing meth­ods used by past mas­ters (Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Bot­ti­celli...) for her por­traits of the “mod­ern Holy Fam­ily”. A para­dox­i­cal, icon­o­clas­tic woman, Mary Cassatt com­pelled re­spect in an em­i­nently male world, ex­plored the in­ti­macy of the ma­ter­nal bond, de­spite never hav­ing her own child, and ob­served French so­ci­ety from an Amer­i­can stand­point. This colos­sal mono­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion es­tab­lishes her as a ma­jor fig­ure of Im­pres­sion­ism, both as a painter and en­graver. Over a cen­tury af­ter the ret­ro­spec­tive held in her hon­our in Paris dur­ing her life­time, the Musée Jacquemart-André fi­nally cor­rects an artis­tic in­jus­tice. (U.M.)

9 March- 23 July 2018 158, boule­vard Hauss­mann , Paris 8e, musee-jacquemart-an­

Mary Cassatt Woman sit­ting with a Child in her Arms, oil on can­vas, 1889-90. Museo de Bel­las Artes de Bil­bao

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