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The four prints are in “excellent condition” and are some of the best graphic works produced by the artist in the fin de siècle (last years of the 19th century). The piece At the Theater (1880) is one of Cassatt’s first experiments with lithography and shows a woman in a box looking at the auditorium through binoculars, while the rest of the audience watches her.
The other three, The Fitting, The Letter, and Woman Bathing, dating from 1890-91, are part of a ten-piece series of etchings with which Cassatt “secured his name.” as an artist/engraver” and was inspired by the colorful Japanese woodblock prints exhibited in Paris at the time, added the Museum Van Gogh.
“Cassatt explored the intimate daily rituals of an upper-middle-class woman, a protected world to which she, as a woman, had access. In 1891, the decision to produce color prints was daring to say the least: it was a complex and laborious technique that artists often outsourced, but Cassatt was involved in the whole process,” says the Van Gogh. He spent months working alongside master printer Leroy on etching, “finishing, inking, and printing his scenes in very subtle and vivid colors.”
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The museum adds that the artist, who spent much of her adult life in France, designed and printed most of the prints herself, and with her impressionist paintings and drawings “was an innovative force in the turn-of-the-century Parisian art world.” XIX”, despite the fact that, at first, the painter was skeptical towards engraving, which changed in 1879.
“We wanted to acquire important prints like these for many years and we are delighted to now be able to add them to our collection”, Celebrated the director of the museum, Emilie Gordenker.
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