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Woman Bathing

Half-disrobed woman viewed from behind washes in a basin in front of a vanity mirror. The rug and pitcher to her left both have a graphic floral motif.
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  • Half-disrobed woman viewed from behind washes in a basin in front of a vanity mirror. The rug and pitcher to her left both have a graphic floral motif.

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 demonstrate her close study of Japanese color woodblock prints. In Woman Bathing, Cassatt combined an intimate scene from daily life with dynamic formal elements—color, composition, pattern, and shape—inspired by similar choices in work by Japanese printmakers such as Utagawa Hiroshige. Here a woman stands over a wash basin, while the mirror catches part of her reflection. The multiple patterns—the green and pink stripes in her gown, the yellow and brown leaf decorations on the blue carpet, and the similar leaves on the jug—plus the blue-green wall and the curve of the woman’s exposed back infuse this quiet setting with a slightly off-kilter perspective.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Mary Cassatt

Title

Woman Bathing

Origin

United States

Date

1890–1891

Medium

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

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, lower right, in graphite: "Imprimée par l'artiste et M. Leroy / Mary Cassatt / (25 épreuves)"

Dimensions

364 × 269 mm (image/plate); 432 × 305 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1932.1281

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