Children Playing on a Beach
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Mary Cassatt, a proper Victorian woman, was born in 1844 in Pittsburgh. Here she spent a privileged childhood, even traveling often to Europe with her family.
In 1860, she was accepted as a student at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she began the pursuit of her dream to become a painter. In later years she achieved this status and joined the ranks of the Great Masters, becoming one of the few women in her era to achieve this honor.
I have recently found (yes, at a thrift store!) a beautiful volume of her works from which I will be sharing selections from time to time. For today, let us enjoy these lovely children against Cassatt's stunning blue seascape!
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