Mimi as a Brunette

Mimi as a Brunette

1889

Mary Cassatt

(American, 1844-1926)

Drypoint

Bequest of Charles T. Brooks 1941.82

Catalogue raisonné: Breeskin 116

State: I/I

Location

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The sitter for this print, Mary (Mimi) Johnston, was able to spend extended periods of time in Paris while her husband, Princeton professor William Milligan Sloane, researched and wrote an exhaustive study of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Description

In 1888, Mary Cassatt began to experiment with drypoint, a printmaking technique in which an artist draws directly into a copper plate with a needle. This print belongs to a series that she created at this time, each characterized by a sketchiness akin to drawing. It depicts Mary (Mimi) Johnston, Cassatt's second cousin who traveled frequently to Europe and spent long periods of time in Paris. The artist focused most closely on her sitter's face and unfocused gaze, which suggests a sense of introspection.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Drypoint
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Drypoint

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