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Afternoon Tea Party

Artist
Mary Cassatt, American (active France), 1844–1926
Date
1891
Material
Drypoint, color aquatint, and gold paint
Made in
France, Europe
Classification
Prints
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
plate: 13 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (34.6 x 27 cm)
sheet: 17 x 12 in. (43.2 x 30.5 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase and funds given by Jane and Warren Shapleigh, Mr. and Mrs. G. Gordon Hertslet, Mrs. Richard I. Brumbaugh
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
4:1976
NOTES
In this print two women share tea and conversation in a room depicted in soft colors. Skillful hand-inking techniques create the variety of hues and the hand application of gold paint highlights the rims of the cups and saucers. The artist, Mary Cassatt, one of the few women to exhibit with the French Impressionists, is known for her paintings of women and children in domestic settings. In addition to her success as a painter, Cassatt was also recognized as a printmaker. Her greatest achievement in printmaking includes this image, one of a group of 18 color prints she produced during the 1890s, in which her exceptional ability is evident.
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