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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Date:

1893

Artist:

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. In 1890, after viewing a large exhibition of Japanese prints at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Cassatt 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 mother’s encircling arms and gentle touch convey an overall feeling of protection and tenderness.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

Mary Cassatt

Title

The Child's Bath

Origin

France

Date

1893

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower left: "Mary Cassatt"

Dimensions

100.3 × 66.1 cm (39 1/2 × 26 in.)

Credit Line

Robert A. Waller Fund

Reference Number

1910.2

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