Thursday’s Trading Card
Every Thursday we’ll celebrate an artist and a quote by a famous or strong woman. Today’s card features Mary Cassatt, an American artist born in Pennsylvania at the turn of the twentieth century. She was forced to leave America to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and endured the condemnation of her father ridiculed this desire.
While in Paris, Mary met renown Impressionist Edgar Degas. He helped Mary develop a unique style and subject matter – painting people instead of popular landscapes.
Fortunately, Mary was able to exhibit regularly under the name of Mary Stevenson before she returned to America before her sight to diabetes. Mary’s paintings were keen, evocative depictions of everyday women and children, and Mary’s emotional connection to us made her one the leading Impressionists of her time.