A Woman and a Girl Driving, 1881 by Mary Stevenson Cassatt



Title

A Woman and a Girl Driving, 1881

Artist

Mary Stevenson Cassatt

Ref GM3385
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 12" x 8" (30 x 20 cm)
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Description  
This painting, which was modern subject matter at the time of its conception, has an odd viewpoint and blurred detail and these elements serve to distinguish Cassatt from her American contemporaries and was partially influence by her moving to Paris for additional artistic training where she remained for the rest of her life and where she took up the radical stylistic innovations of the impressionists. The painting depicts the artist`s sister Lydia, on a carriage drive with a young niece of the painter Edgar Degas, accompanied by a groom. A sketchy application of paint, together with colours that are not well mixed are part of the impressionist feel and yet the painting still looks coherent and smooth. The man in black is mysterious and the viewer does not see his face or indeed that of the labouring horse. One wonders if the artist is a feminist as the dominant male has allowed the woman to drive the carriage. There is no eye contact with the viewer in this painting but the girl`s hand resting carelessly on the carriage, reaches out to the viewer.