Little Girl in a Blue Armchair

1,400.00 (+ GST = 1,652.00)

Mary Cassatt | 1878

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Little Girl in a Blue Armchair dared to show a child being a child, slouched and arguably petulant, in short a far cry from the many, many paintings that portrayed children as living dolls or picture-perfect cherubs.

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Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (French: Petite fille dans un fauteuil bleu) is one of Mary Stevenson Cassatt’s most important works. An American painter, printmaker, pastelist, and connoisseur,she lived much of her adult life in France, where she exhibited among the Impressionists as one of “les trois grandes dames” (the three great ladies).

The dog pictured lying in the armchair next to the little girl in Little Girl in a Blue Armchair is a Brussels Griffon. It was Degas who presented her with the pup and Cassatt went on to keep them for the rest of her life. Degas also had another contribution to the painting – recent cleaning and infra-red photography at the National Gallery of Art has confirmed Degas did some reworks on the piece.

The girl featured in the painting was herself the daughter of a friend of Degas, although her name remains unknown.

The painting, dazzling with its predominant hue of deep turquoise, was purchased from the artist by Ambroise Vollard of Paris around 1903 for his gallery, and was later acquired by Hector Brame of Paris. It was sold in 1963 to the art connoisseur Paul and Bunny Mellon, who in turn lent it to the National Gallery of Art for exhibitions and eventually gifted it to them in 1983.

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Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

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About the Artist

Born to a prominent Pennsylvania family, Mary Cassatt spent her artistic career in Europe. Though unmarried, she was no stranger to the family life she so often depicted: her parents and sister moved to Paris in 1877 and her two brothers and their families visited frequently. Today considered an Impressionist, Cassatt exhibited with such artists as Monet, Pissarro, and her close friend Degas, and shared with them an independent spirit, refusing throughout her life to be associated with any art academy or to accept any prizes. She stands alone, however, in her depictions of the activities of women in their worlds: caring for children, reading, crocheting, pouring tea, and enjoying the company of other women.


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