The Bath

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)

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The Bath is one of a set of ten color prints that depict the artist’s preferred motif, women and children, in a new pictorial mode. In 1890 Cassatt had visited an exhibition of Japanese art in Paris. There she saw woodblock prints that inspired her to work with Japanese design principles. This approach, called japonisme, employs flat, unmodeled forms and simplified patterns.

Cassatt used different printmaking techniques, etching and drypoint, to achieve the emphatic line characteristic of the woodblock print. In addition, ink applied directly to the plate in broad planes of color imitates the visual effect of the woodblock print, which requires individual blocks to be carved for each color.

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Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)
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soft-ground etching with drypoint and aquatint
9-7/8 x 12-5/8 in.
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Jacob Metzger Fund
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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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