Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla

  • Mary Cassatt, Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla, 1873, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Victoria Dreyfus, 1967.40

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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.

Title
Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla
Artist
Date
1873
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
25 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (65.2 x 50.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Victoria Dreyfus

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – Ida
  • Dress – accessory – fan
  • Dress – accessory – scarf
  • Performing arts – dance
  • Dress – ethnic – Spanish dress
  • Ethnic – Spanish
Object Number
1967.40
Palette
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