Soft-ground etching and aquatint
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1988.36
Catalogue raisonné: Breeskin, 30
Beginning from a spare drawing of her mother in the library, Cassatt created this etching by adding aquatint to her copper plate, creating tonal variations and bold contrasts of light and shadow. This is an extremely rare artist's proof of the second of three states of the etching. Early prints like Knitting in the Library were private rather than commercial works of art, exercises in experimentation and innovation made by Cassatt as a young Impressionist.
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