Mary Cassatt: A Brush with Independence
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Mary Cassatt: A Brush with Independence
Mary Cassatt was a pioneer in American art; born in 1844 to a large and wealthy family, Cassatt developed an interest in art at an early age, and left her home in Philadelphia to study art in Paris. Cassatt soon discovered that the leading French art academies did not admit women, so she sought independent tutors (including her mentor Edgar Degas), and became an early advocate of the impressionist movement, and was the first American to be associated with this new and influential school of thought. Cassatt's work often focused on mothers and children or other domestic scenes, but in a… More