About This Artwork

Mary Cassatt
American, 1844-1926

Young Mother, 1888

Pastel on blue-gray wove paper (faded to tan), mounted on canvas, on a strainer
840 x 738 mm
Signed recto, upper left: "Mary Cassatt"

Gift of Honoré and Potter Palmer, 1922.421

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, January 9, 1922.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Catalogue of a Memorial Collection of Works by Mary Cassatt," December 21, 1926-January 24, 1927.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "A Century of Progress," May 31-October 31, 1934, cat. 435.

London, Marlborough Fine Art, "Mary Cassatt (1845-1927)," June-July 1953, cat. 9.

Madison Art Association, March 1956.

The Art Institute of Chicago, February 23, 1994-December 14, 1994.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman," October 10, 1998-January 10, 1999, pp. 271 and 322, cat. 50 (ill.).

"AN AMERICAN CONVERSATION: WORKS ON PAPER FROM TWO COLLECTIONS," The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April-July 2005 (Gallery 163)

Milwaukee Art Museum, "Impressionism: Pastels, Watercolors, Drawings", September 12, 2011 - January 8, 2012, p. 54 & 76, pl. 9, cat. by Christopher Lloyd.

Publication History

Achille Segard, Un peintre des enfants et des mères: Mary Cassatt (Paris, 1913), no. 52B (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago Handbook (Chicago, 1925), p.129, no. 803.

Margaret Breuning, Mary Cassatt (New York, 1944) p. 21 (ill.).

Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 69.

Frederick Sweet, "Paintings and Pastels by Mary Cassatt in the Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago," The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 2 (1967), pp. 38-39, fig. 5.

Adelyn Breeskin, Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors and Drawings (Washington, D.C., 1970), no. 152 (ill.), as Mother's Goodnight Kiss.

Nancy Mowell Matthews, Mary Cassatt (New York, 1981), p. 75, no. 65.

The Letters of Pauline Palmer: A Great Lady of Chicago's First Family (2005).

Ownership History

From the artist to Durand-Ruel, Paris [Chicago 1998]; sold to Mrs. Potter Palmer (née Bertha Honoré; 1850-1918), Chicago, April 29, 1892 [Chicago 1998]; given to the Art Institute, 1922.

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