Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mary Cassatt

The Google logo today has a Mary Cassat painting stuck in there, celebrating her birthday. She was an American Impressionist, and pretty much all of her paintings depict mothers with little kiddo's.

While the subject matter is not hugely down my alley, there's something that appeals to me about her paintings. I like that the kids aren't painted like little still cherubs, but like the squirming, awkward to handle, but still cute little creatures they are.


Anonymous said...

I really love Mary Cassatt's paintings and her technique. I've read that her choice of subject matter is partially refective of what was deemed acceptable for females painters at her time.

Ben McLaughlin said...

Hi AY- I guess that does make sense that the subject matter reflects what was acceptable at the time. But I still think she stands out as approaching the subject pretty uniquely.

They don't look like Hallmark cards-- trite or falsely sentimental, but rather quite realistic in portraying the relationship between mum's and their children.