Amon Carter print details

Maternal Caress

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

Object Details

  • Date


  • Object Type


  • Medium

    Drypoint, aquatint, and soft ground etching

  • Contributors

    Printed by Mary S. Cassatt

    Printed by Modeste Leroy

  • Dimensions

    Image: 14 3/8 x 10 1/2 in.
    Sheet: 16 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.

  • Edition

    From an edition of 25

  • Inscriptions


    l.c.: [monogram stamp]

    signed and inscribed, l.r.: Imprimée par l'artiste et M. Leroy \ Mary Cassatt

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by Ruth Carter Stevenson

  • Accession Number


  • Copyright

    Public domain

Object Description

Cassatt is best known for her large impressionist paintings, but she was also an adventuresome and experimental printmaker. While living in France as an expatriate, she created etchings that portray the daily rituals of childcare within the homes of upper-middle-class Parisian women. One of these, Maternal Caress, dates to a series of 10 color prints that she completed for an 1891 exhibition at the Galerie Durand-Ruel, a prominent impressionist gallery in Paris. The flat, two-dimensional composition and large blocks of color exemplify her interest in the aesthetics of Japanese ukiyo-e woodcut prints, while her quick, gestural linework and her idiosyncratic choice of poses showcase her ability to capture a sense of informality and spontaneity in her subjects.

—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023)

Additional details

Location: Off view
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