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The Robe

The Robe


Ellen Heck

(American, b. 1983)

Color woodcut and drypoint

Support: Somerset wove paper

Sheet: 56.6 x 38 cm (22 5/16 x 14 15/16 in.); Platemark: 45.6 x 30.5 cm (17 15/16 x 12 in.)

Gift of Elizabeth Carroll Shearer in memory of Robert Lundie Shearer 2011.405


In 2010 Ellen Heck, a printmaker working in California’s Bay Area, made a suite of prints entitled + A Century, inspired by Cassatt’s famous set of 10 color prints. Heck’s 21st-century women are portrayed in private moments, dressing, reading, knitting, spending time with their children and grand-children, and working at laptop computers. With its focus on a full-length, standing figure rendered in a palette of pale pink, green, and beige, The Robe is reminiscent of Cassatt’s The Fitting.

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