The Visitor (recto); The Visitor (verso)

c. 1881
Location: On view at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, May 18, 2024 - Sep 8, 2024
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This drawing's first owner was the artist Edgar Degas, a friend of Cassatt's and a collaborator in her experiments with etching.

Description

Mary Cassatt produced this sheet as a working drawing for an etching of the same title. She framed the subject's slanted silhouette against the verticals and horizontals of the window, and featured a seated figure in profile in the lower left quadrant of the composition. The bold, dramatic contrasts of sunlight and shadow throughout the room contrast with the delicacy and sensitivity with which the visitor's face were drawn by Cassatt from direct observation.
The Visitor (recto); The Visitor (verso)

The Visitor (recto); The Visitor (verso)

c. 1881

Mary Cassatt

(American, 1844–1926)
America, 19th century

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