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The Child's Bath

Painting of mother in blue, purple, and green-stripped dress washing child's feet.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Painting of mother in blue, purple, and green-stripped dress washing child's feet.




Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)

About this artwork

In this work, Mary Cassatt addressed the theme for which she is best known—women and children—while also experimenting with compositional elements of Japanese art. Cassatt saw a large exhibition of Japanese prints at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1890, and produced a series of prints influenced by their aesthetics. The Child’s Bath is the culmination of her investigation of a flattened picture plane and decorative patterning. The intimate scene of everyday life also echoes the subject of many Japanese prints. In Cassatt’s painting, the encircling arms and gentle touch of the mother or nurse convey an overall feeling of protection and tenderness.


On View, Gallery 273


Arts of the Americas


Mary Cassatt


The Child's Bath


France (Place depicted)

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Oil on canvas


Signed lower left: "Mary Cassatt"


100.3 × 66.1 cm (39 1/2 × 26 in.)

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Robert A. Waller Fund

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