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Mary Cassatt: America’s Early Feminist Painter and Her Collaboration with Degas

  • Aarondale Community 6929 Matthew Place Springfield, VA, 22151 United States (map)

In this class, we will explore the work of Pittsburgh native and 19th-century woman painter Mary Cassatt.  Overcoming opposition from both contemporary culture and her own father, Ms. Cassatt ultimately developed a fascinating partnership with French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas. Ms. Cassatt is best known for her dignified portrayal of women and her exploration of their inner lives. The class will begin with a lecture highlighting Cassatt’s most famous paintings and analyzing how her strong composition and pale palette add a depth of emotion in her representations of women and children. A practicum will follow the lecture.  As a group, we will produce a copy of a Cassatt painting, replicating her unique palette and composition. 

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