Jul 7, 2008

Lydia and Her Mother at Tea

Lydia and Her Mother at Tea

c. 1880

Mary Cassatt

(American, 1844–1926)

Aquatint and etching, unique impression between fourth and fifth states

Support: Wove paper

Sheet: 27.5 x 36 cm (10 13/16 x 14 3/16 in.); Platemark: 18 x 28 cm (7 1/16 x 11 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2008.110

Catalogue raisonné: Breeskin 69

State: IV-V/V



A unique impression between the fourth and fifth states, Cassatt added texture and tone to the composition so that the figures and objects in the room become flat shapes defined by bold contrasts of light and shadow. Lydia’s elegant, pale hands raising a porcelain cup to her lips are brilliantly highlighted against the inky black of her dress.

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