Sara Smiling


Colored drypoint from 1904. Catalog: Breeskin 195. This is the only known state, some impressions in color (like this one). A delicate portrait that captures the subject well. Plate measures 8 3/4 x 6 inches on 10 x 7 1/2 inch wove paper. Cassatt originally only pulled one or two proofs from these plates. Cassatt tried to have them printed 20 years after their creation, but a patron of hers insisted that she had printed them before and they should be dated, as they were a second edition. Cassatt insisted that they were a first edition and, suspecting the patron of trying to get the prints for less money, refused to sign or date them, which is why this print has neither a date nor a signature. Mary Cassatt was one of three women to exhibit with the Impressionists group, as well as being the only American. She is best known for her portraits of mothers and children in their daily life. Cassatt studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1861 to 1865, and moved to France in 1866, where she painted alongside Renoir, Degas, and Sisley.