View Full Version : Oldies and goodies, MARY CASSAT, 12 -26 june

06-12-2009, 08:21 AM
:clap: Hi everyone and welcome to the oldies and goodies project on MARY CASSAT.

The idea in these projects is to learn more about the artist, their life, art techniques, and subject matter.

Please post any links to relevant websites on Cassat.

Suggestions for your art work:

1. copy part or the whole of one of Cassat's paintings, drawings or prints.

2. do a painting of her subject matter, in her style or in your own style.

3. do a copy in a medium different to the original

and any other work inspired by Cassat's paintings.

Looking forward to seeing your work!:thumbsup:

06-12-2009, 08:22 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Cassatt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Cassatt) - biography

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mary_Cassatt (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mary_Cassatt) - images

http://www.marycassatt.org/ (http://www.marycassatt.org/)


06-12-2009, 08:23 AM
Info from web

Mary Stevenson Cassatt (May 22, 1844 June 14, 1926) was an American (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) painter and printmaker (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printmaker). She lived much of her adult life in France, where she befriended Edgar Degas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Degas) and later exhibited among the Impressionists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressionists).
Cassatt embraced the technique of the Impressionists while developing a highly accomplished individual style. Her oblique views, simplified forms, and flat compositions show the impact of Degas work, as well as her study of Japanese prints (http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/CASSATT/HTML/gloss.html#japanese). Cassatt created a personal language out of the grammar of Impressionism.
Most often, she portrayed women out and about in Paris, or at home, taking tea, reading, sewing, writing letters, and engaging in other familiar activities. Cassatt began to explore her signature theme--the mother and child--in 1880 and made a speciality of it after 1893.
As well as oil painting, she took a very active interest in watercolours and pastels and printmaking. Her printmaking technique was to draw lines with a hard needle on a copper plate, roll ink onto it and print the picture onto paper. Mary copied this style from Japanese artists and soon mastered the technique. It involves simple drawings that contain very few lines. Soon Mary Cassatt was exhibiting her prints, making a huge number of them in the process. It has been said that Mary was one of the most impressive printmakers throughout her generation.
She received the French Legion of Honour and was awarded the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts' Gold Medal Honour. It was very rare for women artists to receive any of these awards at that time.


06-12-2009, 08:29 AM
Children playing with a cat


Mary Cassat - self portrait


06-17-2009, 11:32 AM
Another beautiful video from Utube with wonderful music. Very restful.


06-21-2009, 07:44 PM
Here is a monotype with a little pencil added.


For some reason I can't upload the original, but here's the place. http://www.marycassatt.org/Woman-Standing--Holding-A-Fan.html

Hope I can do more Cassat before the week is over. :heart:

06-21-2009, 10:55 PM
I like it Trafford. Monotypes are so effective. She looks lovely and elegant. I haven't done anything for this and not sure if I'll be able to...but there's a few days yet!

06-22-2009, 08:43 AM

Got started on a Cassat copy. This is a line drawing (sorry its so faint)...probably for a copy in watercolour when I get around to it.:thumbsup:

Its a little girl on a blue chair looking at her yorkie dog.

06-22-2009, 10:29 AM

Here's a very quick watercolour version over the pencil lines.

I greyed down the cerulean blue with various browns..and not sure if that was a good idea. And the pooor little girl looks like she has a hang-over!!

But fun to do. Next time, maybe I'd not grey the blue so much..... or I'd use cobalt instead of cerulean. Live and learn.;)

Forgot to say, this is 7 by 11 ins.:wave:

06-22-2009, 11:00 AM
No hangover :eek: ....She has been playing with her dog, and now they are both pooped. Hangovers are for when she gets a little older. :lol:

It's a lovely watercolor June, and I love all the chairs. I have to practice more watercolor paintings, the effect is so nice.

06-22-2009, 07:46 PM
I like your explanation of the girl and dog, Janet. The chairs in this painting by Cassat make a lovely composition.

06-23-2009, 12:01 AM
June - thanks for hosting this..... The girl and dog in the chair is one of her paintings I recognize right away. Yes, she does marvelous things with composition. I noticed it when I did this one. The elipses of the hat top, brim and cup rim...... The two ladies and the two vessels have similar positioning.......what fun.:)

Janet....oh, I do love monotypes, you have gotten me back for " provoking you" with the glue prints :cat:

I've yet to read up on M.Cassat but I've enjoyed copying this one small in my moleskin with leftover egg tempera paints from the Delacroix

06-23-2009, 02:26 AM
I was thinking of doing the ladies taking tea! But did the girl instead. I love the way you did that teapot!

I'm glad you like egg tempera...making me think about doing some again.

06-23-2009, 11:09 PM
thanks June......read your little biography paragraph and that is interesting that she was a printmaker.....I must look up some of them

06-24-2009, 01:05 AM
I never came across her prints yet...so please post a link if your find some. I didn't know much about this artist till I hosted the project, so twas interesting to learn about her.

06-25-2009, 07:38 AM
Like the ladies at tea, Robin. A change from the original is the very bright colors. Reminds me of Fauve paintings.

I also tried to find printmaking links for MC, and it's very frustrating as some have her history making prints, but no pictures. Mary Cassat.org, which has a slew of images, as did Delacroix.org and Prendergast.org, don't tell you what medium was used??? Very strange. I think some of the images are lithographs and drypoints.

I did find some movies http://www.cassatt.us/films.php The second one is an hour long film for children, which gets excellent reviews from Amazon.

This artist's time with us seemed too short. Hope I can get one more drawing in by the weekend. :heart:

06-26-2009, 02:24 PM
Yes, I too was rather dissapointed how they said she did so many prints and then no images were available........odd.......
I did enjoy studying with her.........maybe she would be one to return too in the future.
Janet, I too hope you get another one done this weekend :) .

I'm off to post the next featured artist. Benjamin Paterssen -