Mary Cassatt

About Mary Cassatt and her life

Her life

Artist Mary Stevenson Cassatt was born on May 22, 1844, in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. Mary Cassatt was the daughter of a well-to-do real estate and investment broker, and her upbringing reflected her family's high social standing. Though women of her day were discouraged from pursuing a career, Mary Cassatt enrolled in Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at age 16. Not surprisingly, she found the male faculty and her fellow students to be patronizing and resentful of her attendance.


About her work

  • Her work is interesting and rare because you don't see many things like she painted anymore.
  • Her art work is inspiring because it makes you want to go paint something in

Mary Cassatt art

Global connections


  • What events were happening around the world at this time? She created another piece of art work that everyone loved.
  • How did people respond to this artist’s work? They thought it was great and beautiful.


In the context of your own work

· How is this artist’s work similar to yours and different than yours? (List at least 3 of each) Our art work is similar they are unique, rare and colorful. They are different because hers are interesting, rare, and inspiring.

· Do you like this person’s art? WHY OR WHY NOT? (Use art vocabulary!) I like her art work because it has line, shape, implied texture, color, movement, pattern, and proportion.