The Letter

A work made of color aquatint with drypoint, from three plates, on off-white laid paper.
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  • A work made of color aquatint with drypoint, from three plates, on off-white laid paper.

Date:

1890/91

Artist:

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)
printed with Leroy (French, active 1876-1900)

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.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Mary Cassatt

Title

The Letter

Origin

United States

Date

1890–1891

Medium

Color aquatint with drypoint, from three plates, on off-white laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, lower right, below image, in graphite: "Imprim[ée] par l'artiste et Mr. Leroy / Mary Cassatt / (25 épreuves)"

Dimensions

345 x 211 mm (image/plate); 437 x 297 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1932.1282

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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