About this artwork
Mary Cassatt began a series of color prints in 1890 that exemplify her indebtedness to Japanese color woodblock prints and her thematic focus on figures in interiors. In The Letter, Cassatt used the patterns of the woman’s dress and wallpaper as well as vibrant printing inks to manipulate space and formal elements inspired by Japanese art. The subject matter reflects the artist’s focus on women indoors because contemporary social mores restricted their activities outside the home.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Mary Cassatt
- The Letter
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Color aquatint with drypoint, from three plates, on off-white laid paper
- Inscribed recto, lower right, below image, in graphite: "Imprim[ée] par l'artiste et Mr. Leroy / Mary Cassatt / (25 épreuves)"
- Image/plate: 34.5 × 21.1 cm (13 5/8 × 8 5/16 in.); Sheet: 43.7 × 29.7 cm (17 1/4 × 11 3/4 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection