Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading
Mary Stevenson Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)
34.29 x 26.67 cm (13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on panel
Out on Loan
On display at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Japan, April 11, 2018 – June 10, 2018
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.
Upper left: M.S.Cassatt./Paris/1876.
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.
Bequest of John T. Spaulding