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Dans l'omnibus (In The Omnibus), from the series Ten Color Aquatints on the Daily Life of French Women

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Mary Cassatt, Dans l'omnibus (In The Omnibus), from the series Ten Color Aquatints on the Daily Life of French Women, 1891, drypoint and color aquatint on paper, Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer, public domain, 35.41

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Title

Dans l'omnibus (In The Omnibus), from the series Ten Color Aquatints on the Daily Life of French Women

Related Titles

series (original language): Ten Color Aquatints on the Daily Life of French Women

Artist

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)

Date

1891

Medium

drypoint and color aquatint on paper

State

3rd state

Catalogue Raisonné

Breeskin 145

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 12 1/8 in x 9 5/8 in; sheet: 14 in x 9 15/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Mary Cassatt, graphite, bottom right

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer

Accession Number

35.41

Copyright

public domain

Terms

aquatint

children

drypoint

drypoints

intaglio

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

omnibuses

paper

Description

Cassatt greatly admired and eventually worked and exhibited with Degas and the Impressionists. She was acquainted with Manet, Cézanne, and Renoir and greatly appreciated their work, but her two mentors were Degas and Pissarro. With Degas she shared an enthusiasm for collecting Gavarni lithographs and Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and a visit to the great exhibition of ukiyo-e prints at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1890 inspired her to begin making color aquatints.

By 1891, she had completed a series of ten aquatints, commissioned by Durand-Ruel Galleries, all on the subject of the daily life of French women and children in Paris. In addition to The Omnibus, the nine other color aquatints in the series are: The Fitting, Afternoon Tea Party, Woman Bathing, The Letter, The Coiffure, The Bath, Mother's Kiss, The Lamp, and Maternal Caress.

The Portland Art Museum's Omnibus is one of three known proofs of the third state, illustrating the mistress, the child, and the maid seated in the omnibus, but without the shorelines and the bridge that were later added through the window view. This proof was printed from two copper plates; the first with blue and gray-brown and the second with brown and pink. In later proofs, a third plate was added for the final state of the print.

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