Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading

1876
Mary Stevenson Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)


Dimensions

34.29 x 26.67 cm (13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

48.523

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

Out on Loan

On display at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Japan, April 11, 2018 – June 10, 2018

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Paintings

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Cassatt settled in Paris in 1875 and became the only American invited to exhibit with the Impressionist group. Like her friend Edgar Degas, she was a figure painter, attracted to intimate views of modern life. Cassatt focused on depicting the domestic and social lives of upper-class women, showing them drinking tea, attending the opera, crocheting, or reading.

Inscription

Upper left: M.S.Cassatt./Paris/1876.

Provenance

The artist; to Mary E.G. Duffee, the subject; to Frances Harold Duffee, her daughter, 1894; to E.D. Levinson, Cedarhurst, N.Y.; with Wildenstein & Co., New York; to John T. Spaulding, Boston, 1934; to MFA, 1948, bequest of John T. Spaulding.

Credit Line

Bequest of John T. Spaulding