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