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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

Mary Cassatt highlights a fashionable young mother, nanny, and a sumptuously dressed child traveling across the Seine River in this drypoint and color aquatint, In the Omnibus. It is perhaps the finest of the 10 color prints she published between 1890 and 1891 devoted to the daily lives of French women. By situating the women on public transportation, Cassatt signals their modernity. The elegant clothing of the mother—including her exquisitely crafted hat—hint at her position in the upper classes in contrast to the more plainly dressed nanny, who dutifully attends to the child. Cassatt, who was born in Pittsburgh, was one of the few American artists active with the French Impressionists; she was particularly close to Edgar Degas, who invited her to exhibit with the Impressionists in 1879, 1880, 1881, and 1886.

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