Monday, November 2, 2009

Children Playing on a (Blue) Beach!

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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Happy Blue Monday everyone!

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  1. You are a fortunate woman, Coralie, to have found such a treasured book at a thrift store. I love Mary Cassatt's work and this one in particular. Happy Blue Monday.

  2. Good Morning, Coralie!

    I have to tell you that Mary Cassat is one of my very favorite artists. She is just phenomenal. How neat that you found that book for a great price!

    Mr. Magpie's grandfather's first cousin also attended the Pennsylvania Academy, and she studied there during her youth and went on to become a phenomenal artist who painted into her 90's. We are blessed to have several of her works. Oh, but what I wouldn't give to own a Mary Cassatt! I look forward to you sharing more with us.

    Happy Blue Monday...


    Sheila :-)

  3. Beautiful painting!

    Check out the Senior and Junior in our clan..

  4. Lovely painting...Cassatt is one of my favorites, and I've enjoyed seeing originals in area museums here in Massachuetts.

  5. A sweet and wonderful painting! Happy Blue Monday.


  6. How very lovely and how very fortunate you are to have found such a treasure in a thrift store. There are not many who capture children as well as Mary Cassatt. This was a perfect choice for Blue Monday. Have a great day.

  7. Such a lovely picture for Blue Monday.
    Have a blessed day!

  8. I have always loved this painting.
    Very good choice for Blue Monday.

  9. What a talented lady! Thank you so much for sharing her work with the world. This is wonderful.

  10. Hi Coralie

    Thanks so much for searching out my last week blog post to Blue Monday -- I realized too late today that I could have added today's post to Blue Monday also as the Yankee's wear blue pin stripes :-)

    I like Mary Cassat's paintings very much and I remember seeing this one in the National Gallery in Washington DC.

    I'll look at your vintage recipe blog next!

    Hugs, Pat

  11. One of my favorite paintings. So sweet and innocent and reminiscent of playing on the beach as a child. Often wish I could go back to those simple days.

  12. Hi Coralie, Mary Cassatt is my sister's favorite artist. it was a Cassatt mother and child print that caught her attention years ago. I too love her work. What a wonderful find at the thrift store. I love thrift stores. I am sure it is a great read. Your Cassatt blue is so sweet.

    Hugs, Jeanne

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  14. Such a beautiful painting. Thanks for sharing.


  15. It wasn't easy to be a woman artist in those days.I also like her work.