Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt is best known for her mother and child compositions and also for her color prints, based on Japanese woodblock techniques and that combined dry point, etching, and aquatint.  From 1890, she had her own printing press at her home. 

Born in 1844 in Allegheny City (now part of Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania, she was recognized by the turn of the century as one of the preeminent painters both of her native country and of France, which she made her permanent home in 1875.

Upon her death in 1926, Cassatt was honored by a number of memorial exhibitions, and remains one of the most acclaimed American-born artists. 

For more information about Mary Cassatt and to see samples of her work visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art website at URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/CASSATT/HTML/index.html 

Sources: Michael David Zellman, “300 Years of American Art”; Matthew Baigell, “Dictionary of American Art”; and Charlotte Rubinstein, “American Women Artists” 

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