Edgar Degas - Portrait of Mary Cassatt 1884

Portrait of Mary Cassatt 1884
Portrait of Mary Cassatt
1884 74x60cm oil/canvas
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Cassatt hated it later and wrote to her dealer Paul Durand-Ruel in 1912 or 1913 that "I don’t want anyone to know that I posed for it."

From National Portrait Gallery:
The American impressionist Mary Cassatt spent her career in Europe, settling in Paris. Stifled by tradition, she regarded her exposure to the work of Edgar Degas in 1874 as a “turning point in my artistic life.” She later wrote that “Degas’s art is for the very few,” recognizing a critical sophistication required to appreciate his innovations. After her rejection by the Paris Salon of 1877, Cassatt welcomed Degas’s invitation to exhibit with the impressionists in 1879. Cassatt and Degas engaged in lively dialogues about the depiction of modern life, and their vibrant artistic exchange is evident in her willingness to model for him on several occasions. They also collected each other’s work. Degas captures the collaborative nature of their friendship in this portrait, where Cassatt is shown in what may be a photography studio holding photographs, possibly reproductions of works of art, seated, as if in the midst of conversation.