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.
- Mary Cassatt
- The Child's Bath
- Oil on canvas
- Signed lower left: "Mary Cassatt"
- 100.3 × 66.1 cm (39 1/2 × 26 in.)
- Robert A. Waller Fund