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On a Balcony

A work made of oil on canvas.
Public Domain

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1878–79

Artist:

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)

About this artwork

During her early Impressionist period, Mary Cassatt frequently captured the activities of middle- and upper-class women in society—at the theater or taking tea, for example. On a Balcony, which was shown in the 1880 Impressionist exhibition, appears to depict a woman in a public setting. However, the blue rail of the balcony, visible near the top of the painting, defines the enclosed space of a private garden, and the woman’s morning dress further indicates the intimacy of her location. Cassatt signaled the modernity of her subject through the woman’s choice of reading material: she peruses a newspaper rather than a novel, demonstrating that even at home, Cassatt’s subjects are connected to the contemporary world.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Mary Cassatt

Title

On a Balcony

Place

France (Place depicted)

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c. 1878–1879

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower left: Mary Cassatt

Dimensions

89.9 × 65.2 cm (35 1/2 × 25 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge in memory of her aunt, Delia Spencer Field

Reference Number

1938.18

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