American (1845 – 1926)

Peasant Mother and Child1894

Breeskin 159; Matthews & Shapiro 17x/x. Aquatint and drypoint printed in colors on Arches laid paper, full margins.
Edition planned to be 50, but far fewer were printed. Signed in pencil and with the artist’s monogram stamp lower center (Lugt 604).

11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.; 29.85 x 24.13 cm.

The mother and child was Cassatt’s favorite subject, and she often used the same two models. Cassatt painted a composition similar to Peasant Mother and Child in 1894 and created two related pastels. The print has a painterly inking of the aquatinted surface with a monotype-like plate tone. While three plates were used, each impression from the small edition is unique in coloration and inking. Our print is an early, fresh impression, with a rich greenish-blue background, which provides a striking contrast to the subtle green dress and delicate figures.