Title: Peasant Mother and Child
Drypoint and aquatint printed in colors; tenth state of ten
Dimensions: 11 1/16 x 9 5/8 inches (28.1 x 24.4 cm)
Acquired through the Peter B. Ruppe Memorial Purchase Fund
Cassatt’s fascination with Japanese prints began in 1890 after visiting an extensive show of ukiyo-e at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, organized by Siegfried Bing. Soon after, she penned a note to Berthe Morisot, urging her not to miss the show: “You who want to make color prints couldn’t dream of anything more beautiful. . . . You must see the Japanese—come as soon as you can.” Cassatt herself revisited it several times and it would have a lasting effect on her art. (“JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876–1970," curated by Nancy E. Green and presented at the Johnson Museum August 27–December 18, 2016)
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