Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)
graphite, Sheet: 20.00 x 14.00 cm (7 13/16 x 5 1/2 inches). Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2009.137.a
Cassatt exhibited prints for the first time in 1880 at the fifth Impressionist exhibition. As the decade progressed, she continued to show her graphic work alongside pastels and paintings. In the spring of 1890, at the Deuxième Exposition de Peintres-Graveurs, she showed a group of drypoints, remarkable in their delicacy and precision, as well as a group of prints made with a combination of aquatint and softground etching that appeared quickly drawn and spontaneous. After-Dinner Coffee is a study for a softground etching with aquatint.