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Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla by Mary Cassatt / American Art
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Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla

1873 Mary Cassatt Born: Allegheny City, Pennsylvania 1844 Died: Mesnil-Theribus, France 1926 oil on canvas 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (65.2 x 50.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Victoria Dreyfus 1967.40 Not currently on view



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Mary Cassatt spent a few months in Spain in the early 1870s. She went first to Madrid, where she copied the paintings of the Spanish masters, then established a studio in Seville. She made a series of paintings of Spanish life that emphasized the beauty and dress of the local women. This piece was exhibited at the 1874 Paris Salon under the title Ida, where it attracted the attention of French impressionist Edgar Degas. On seeing the work of Cassatt for the first time, Degas commented, “C’est vrai. Voilá quelqu’un qui sent comme moi” (It is true. There is someone who feels as I do).

Keywords

Dress - accessory - fan

Dress - accessory - scarf

Dress - ethnic - Spanish dress

Ethnic - Spanish

Performing arts - dance

Portrait female - unidentified - Ida

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Mary Cassatt

Born: Allegheny City, Pennsylvania 1844 Died: Mesnil-Theribus, France 1926

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