Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844 – 1926)
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Born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, Cassatt became well known as an American painter and printmaker. At a young age, Cassatt spent some time in Europe where she had her first lessons in drawing. She later began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She later moved to France, against her father’s will, and applied to study privately with Jean-Leon Gerome. Cassatt joined a painting class where she painted romantic and urban subjects. She developed an impressionistic style and was hostile to new developments in art such as cubism and fauvism. She developed many illnesses later in life that compromised her artistic works, but she did not stop painting until she became almost blind. Nonetheless, she carried out her artistic career by showing eighteen works in an exhibition for the cause of women’s suffrage. Cassett’s work can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.