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Mary Cassatt's Madame X: A Masterpiece from the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Collection

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20 November, 2010 - 3 April, 2011

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Mary Cassatt's striking portrait is on view in Charlotte for the first time thanks to the generosity of Charlotte and Philip Hanes.  The only American to be invited to exhibit with the French Impressionists, Cassatt was a ground-breaking artist whose work is among the most cherished and recognizable of American artists. Also on exhibition are selected objects from the Mint Museum's permanent collection selected to compliment the portrait and illuminate the era. 

 

The Artist

 

The Painting

  • Lively and engaging, the subject is likely one the sisters of Lois Buchanan Cassatt, the wife of Cassatt's brother Alexander.
  • Cassatt painted Madame X at the start of her involvement with the ImpressionistsDegas had asked her to exhibit with them  the preceding year.  

 

Fin de si├Ęcle Paris

  • The Paris that Cassatt settled into in 1874 was a nexus for the beginnings of the "modern" age. The city hosted a succession of international expositions - the Exposition Universelles of 1855186718781889 and 1900 - which introduced Parisians and visitors from around the world to art, decorative arts, and innovative design and technology.

 

The Objects

 

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