0 x item(s)

Lorenzo de' Medici

Mary Cassatt
Click to view large images

Femme cousant (Young Woman Sewing)

Mary Cassett


Please find the size options below. These refer to the dimensions of the image only. All Medici prints come with a border around the image with the title and artist name printed at the foot of the sheet.

Artist Biography

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) – Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of a successful financier. She studied for four years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and in 1866, overcoming stiff parental opposition, left America to study art by copying the Old Masters in the museums of Europe. Settling in Paris, she at once identified with the avant-garde, assimilating first the realism of Courbet and Manet, and then, after 1874, adopting Impressionist techniques. But her strongest affinity was with Degas who she met in 1877 when he invited her to exhibit with the Impressionists. They shared similar backgrounds and artistic aims, and Degas’ rigorous, often caustic, criticisms spurred Cassatt to produce her finest work. The period 1877-95 was her most productive, although in these years she had the extra responsibility of caring for her parents and sister Lydia, who had joined her in Paris. Nearly all her paintings were of ‘feminine’ subjects, portraits of her family or women reading, sewing or drinking tea, and in 1880 an extended visit from her brother’s children may have prompted her first painting of a motlher holding a young child; the theme of nearly one third of her work. Although continuing to exhibit with the Impressionists, she gradually abandoned true Impressionism, developing instead her exceptional ability as a draughtswoman. Emulating Holbein’s economy of line and introducing the strong outlines and deliberate asymmetry of Japanese prints into her figure paintings. Her outstanding achievement was a set of twelve colour prints, exhibited in 1891, in which she reproduced the character of Japanese woodcuts by a combination of drypoint, soft ground and aquatint, and infused the spirit of Japanese art into everyday scenes of Parisian upper middle-class domestic life. One of these prints occasioned Degas’ famous compliment to Cassatt: ‘I am not willing to admit that a woman can draw that well!’ She also helped acquire many important examples of European painting for collections in the United States, supplying a need which had forced her to leave America.

Paper / Board

255gsm Art Paper

Our standard prints are reproduced on a premium semi matt finish paper. Its micro-porous resin coating provides exceptional colour accuracy and stability

315gsm Museum Quality Watercolour Art Board, Acid Free

Our watercolour board has a natural white finish with a slightly structured, soft-textured surface equivalent to a traditional etching fine art paper. The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high quality fine art reproduction with giclée technology. It is an archival quality paper with great colour accuracy.

Postage & Packaging

Standard Delivery

Standard Delivery items are usually dispatched within 2 working days of the order being placed. We aim to deliver within:

3-5 working days for UK
4-7 working days for Europe
7-10 working days for USA, Canada, Fast East, Australasia and the rest of the world.

Delivery Prices

Standard UK delivery from £3.50
Europe & the rest of the world from £8.00
All prints will be tissue wrapped, bubble wrapped and packed into robust cardboard tubes.

Please choose from the options below