Mary Cassatt

Gardner Held by His Mother, 1889
Etching on Paper. Signed.
8.25 x 5.50 in
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Fantastic original etching hand signed by Mary Cassatt. The infant is Cassatt's nephew Joseph Gardner Cassatt III by her brother Gard and sister-in-law Eugenie Carter (Jennie). Cassatt's biographer Nancy M. Mathews dates the print as executed in 1888. Cassatt painted several portraits of Jennie, but only one quick drypoint sketch of Gard exists, probably executed at the same time as this print of Jennie and the baby. There are at least two other portraits of the young Gardner, of which one is the pastel Gardner and Ellen Mary Cassatt in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The 1888 Gardner print is generally regarded as the earliest dated example of the mother and child images that grew into Cassatt's greatest body of work, approaching a third of her entire opus. This is a fine example of Cassatt's etchings depicting her most beloved subject matter in great condition and with a hand signature.

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