Jul 31, 2007

Under the Horse Chestnut Tree

Under the Horse Chestnut Tree


Mary Cassatt

(American, 1844–1926)

Drypoint and aquatint

Platemark: 40.5 x 28.5 cm (15 15/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

In memory of Ralph King, gift of Mrs. Ralph King; Ralph T. Woods, Charles G. King; and Frances King Schafer 1946.296

Catalogue raisonné: Mathews & Shapiro 20, Breeskin 162

State: M & S: III/III, B: IV/IV



Under the Horse Chestnut Tree was among the last color prints Cassatt made. In 1894, she purchased a château called Mesnil-Beaufresne in the village of Mesnil-Théribus and moved her press there from Paris. Her friend, the wealthy American collector Louisine Havemeyer recalled her working "in her grey blouse in the small pavilion over the dam where she had installed her printing press. There she would work while daylight lasted with the aid of a printer; she did her own coloring and wiping of the plates. It was at the cost of much physical strain for she actually did the manual work." After the 1890s, Cassatt increasingly turned her attention toward pastel.

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