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Paintings by Mary Cassatt


The Child's Bath by Mary Cassatt
Mary Cassatt's The Child's Bath (oil on canvas, 39-1/2x at The
Mary Cassatt's The Child's Bath (oil on canvas, 39-1/2x at The

The Child's Bath by Mary Cassatt, painted in 1893, demonstrates Mary Cassatt's increased interest in Japanese art in her later career. Cassatt admired Utamaro, a late 18th-century ukiyo-e master who was renowned for his portrayal of the private lives of women going about their daily activities.

In The Child's Bath, Mary Cassatt adapted elements of the Japanese aesthetic -- including asymmetrical composition, flattened space, areas of pattern, and steep perspective -- to a Western image of maternal care.

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Debra N. Mancoff is an art historian and lecturer and the author of numerous books on nineteenth-century European and American paintings. She is a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library.