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Head of Simone in a Green Bonnet with Wavy Brim (No. 2)

Mary Cassatt, American (active France), 1844–1926
Pastel on paper
Made in
France, Europe
Drawings & watercolors
Current Location
Not on view
16 x 17 7/8 in. (40.6 x 45.4 cm)
framed: 24 x 26 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (61 x 67.3 x 4.4 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Mr. and Mrs. John E. Simon
Public Domain
Object Number
This little girl's portrait shows her wisps of blonde hair peeking out from under a large, dark blue hat. The soft features of her face look away from the viewer and are surrounded by the artist's quick pastel strokes. Mary Cassatt was an American Painter and Printmaker who studied in Paris and became a member of the Impressionist circle. Often considered unsuitable for serious work, the use of pastel grew in popularity under the influence of Impressionism. Mary Cassatt used pastel to emphasize color over line, giving this portrait an atmospheric quality popular among the Impressionists.
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