Description In this pastel, Cassatt portrays the 12-year-old son of her friend and art consultant Dikran Kelekian. From 1866 to 1870, Cassatt studied in Paris with such masters as Jean-Léon Gérôme and Thomas Couture, but, becoming aware of the works of Gustave Courbet and Edgar Degas, she broke with the academic traditions. In 1879, when she had developed a fully impressionistic style, Degas invited her to participate in the 4th impressionist exhibition. At that time, she also began to produce major works in pastel, drawing with remarkably vigorous and intense strokes.
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- Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
- The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
- American Artists Abroad: Works from the Permanent Collection . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
Provenance Beatrice A. Kelekian [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right, in pastel: Mary Cassatt
Credit Bequest of Beatrice A. Kelekian, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dikran Kelekian, 1992
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