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Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Ambrose Vollard

Marc Rosen and Susan Pinsky (catalogue)

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ISBN 10: 0974162183 / ISBN 13: 9780974162188
Published by Adelson Galleries, 2008
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the ...

Publisher: Adelson Galleries

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition....

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Mary Cassatt (1844–1926), the American-born Impressionist, was captivated by the challenges and artistic possibilities of making prints. These works were a central part of her discipline as a draughtsman, allowing her to focus on the essentials of form, gesture, and expression. During Cassatt’s extended residence in France, Ambroise Vollard, the cutting-edge dealer in Paris best known for his appreciation and promotion of the works of Cézanne and Picasso, was stunned by the vitality and modern vision of her works on paper. In particular, Vollard was fascinated by the sequential development of the prints, which provided an extraordinary visual record of her creative process. Vollard later acquired Cassatt’s entire collection of her prints and drawings, most of which had never been exhibited. These works remained in his holdings until his death in 1939, when they were acquired by the distinguished French dealer and collector, Henri M. Petiet. Part of this trove of works was finally brought to light in 2000 by Marc Rosen Fine Art, Ltd. in the ground-breaking exhibition “Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Artist’s Studio” held at Adelson Galleries. Another aspect of her artistic experimentation was displayed in the 2004 exhibition, “Art in the Mirror: The Counterproofs of Mary Cassatt,” which presented previously unknown pastel transfers.

The full depth of this astonishing cache of Cassatt’s graphic works is revealed in the final exhibition of this series, “Cassatt from the Collection of Vollard: Prints and Drawings.” The exhibition and this accompanying catalogue include nearly 100 etchings, aquatints, and a group of important early drawings, which reveal the range of the artist’s creative process and add to our understanding of her innovative approach to art. Of particular interest are the works dealing with the artit’s central themes addressing the place of women in society and her unsentimental representations of women with children. In addition to the illustrations the catalogue includes a foreword by Warren Adelson, an introduction by Marc Rosen, and essays by Nancy Mowll Mathews and Sarah Bertalan.

About the Author:

NANCY MOWLL MATHEWS is the Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator of neneteeneth and twentieth century art at the Williams College Museum of Art and author of the standard biography of Cassatt, Mary Cassatt: A Life, (1998); SARAH BERTALAN is an independent conservator of works on paper and an editor/compier of the Paper Conservation Catalogue; MARC ROSEN is proprietor of Marc Rosen Fine Art, Ltd.

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