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Rare Mary Cassatt Painting

on January 21, 2011 – 8:56 am


Visitors to the Mint Museum Randolph have the unique opportunity to view an early masterpiece by American painter Mary Cassatt. The painting, Madame X Dressed for the Matinée (1878), comes from the collection of Charlotte and Philip Hanes of Winston-Salem, N.C., who have generously placed it on long-term loan at the Mint.

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she became the only American artist (and one of only five women) to exhibit alongside the French Impressionists. Known for her sensitive depictions of mothers and their children, many of Cassatt’s works examined the social and private lives of women. Painted in the year that Cassatt became actively involved with the Impressionists, Madame X Dressed for the Matinée depicts a young woman elegantly attired for a social outing.

The Museum has organized a small spotlight exhibition on Cassatt. Mary Cassatt’s Madame X: A Masterpiece from the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Collection will be on view until 3 April 2011 in the Jones Gallery at the Mint Museum Randolph. The exhibition will give visitors an intimate look at Madame X, examine the painting’s place in Cassatt’s oeuvre, discuss the sitter’s identity, and present period fashions and decorative objects from the artist’s era.

[Image: Mary Cassatt, "Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée", 1878. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 31 7/8 inches. Collection of Charlotte and Philip Hanes. L2010.82]