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Soft ground lines transferred from etching plate
Sheet: 40 x 30.9 cm (15 3/4 x 12 3/16 in.)
Gift of Fifty Members of The Print Club of Cleveland on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary 1966.176.b
Catalogue raisonné: Breeskin 34
This drawing's first owner was the artist Edgar Degas, a friend of Cassatt's and a collaborator in her experiments with etching.
Mary Cassatt produced this sheet as a working drawing for an etching of the same title. She framed the subject's slanted silhouette against the verticals and horizontals of the window, and featured a seated figure in profile in the lower left quadrant of the composition. The bold, dramatic contrasts of sunlight and shadow throughout the room contrast with the delicacy and sensitivity with which the visitor's face were drawn by Cassatt from direct observation.
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