Mary Cassatt At Work Show Marks First Large-Scale Exhibition Of The Celebrated Artists Work In The U.S. In 25 Years

February 23, 2024

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is thrilled to present Mary Cassatt at Work, the first large-scale exhibition of the artists work in the U.S. in a quarter century. The exhibition will run from Saturday, May 18, through Sunday, Sept. 8. Pennsylvania-born and a celebrated member of the French Impressionists, Mary Cassatt built a groundbreaking career through hard work and artistic vision. For six decades, Cassatt was a committed, professional artist, making the social, intellectual, and working lives of modern women a core subject of her prints, paintings, and pastels. She once wrote, Oh the dignity of work, give me the chance of earning my own living, five francs a day and self-respect. Mary Cassatt at Work will present over 130 of her works in various media to show her evolving practice as an artist and demonstrate her commitment to the serious work of artmaking. It will present new findings about her materials and working methods, which were advanced and radical for her era, based on detailed technical studies of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts significant Cassatt holdings. Art was Mary Cassatts lifes purpose and living, said Sasha Suda, the George D. Widener director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This exhibition will focus on Cassatts professionalism, her biography, and the wider Parisian world she inhabited. Its my hope that this exhibition will reshape contemporary conversations about gender, work, and artistic agency. Mary Cassatt at Work will feature works from the PMAs extensive collection, including some of Cassatts most celebrated paintings and prints, as well as loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and private collections. We hope visitors come away with a sense of who Cassatt was and how carefully she constructed her identity as a working artist, said curators Jennifer A. Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick curator of European Painting and Sculpture and curator of the John G. Johnson collection, and Laurel Garber, The Park Family assistant curator of Prints and Drawings. With this exhibition, weve sought to reexamine the full breadth of Cassatts art through the lens of her creative enterprise and draw attention to her commitment to ceaseless experimentation and bold techniques. A multimedia tour will be available, featuring audio, images, and videos. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Following its run at the PMA, this exhibition will travel to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. To learn more, call 215-763-8100 or visit


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