Sara in a Dark Bonnet Tied under her Chin, c. 1901
Pastel on paper
21 1/4 x 16 1/2 in.
The Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Collection, 2000
The daughter of a Pittsburgh banker, Mary
Cassatt spent most of her adult life in France, while maintaining
strong ties with the United States. She became the only American
to be included in the Impressionist exhibitions, and artists and
critics alike accepted her as a full-fledged member of the Impressionist
In both France and America, Cassatt received
much acclaim, especially for her portrayals of women and children.
When she found a favorite model, she would make numerous studies.
Around 1901, Cassatt sketched or painted Sara, granddaughter of
a former President of the French Republic (Emile Loubet), over fifty