Monday, July 02, 2007

My Favorite Artist: Mary Cassatt

This week on "Let's Get Real Monday," Randi challenged us to name our favorite artist... this is a challenge because I could easily name a half dozen "favorite" artists! The one who springs to mind first, however, is Mary Cassatt. She was an American Impressionist painter and is especially famous for her pictures of mothers and children, which, I suppose, is the reason her art is so appealing to me. Out of all of her wonderful art, this one is my favorite.
One of the wonderful things about nursing my babies is that they were close. There is a special intimacy between a mother and her nursing baby. We gazed into each other's eyes for long, precious minutes, and when they got older, they would use their free hand to caress and explore. Occasionally, if naptime were near, they would "sing" themselves to sleep. Those were sweet moments, and Mary Cassatt captures them perfectly.

Mother and Child, 1908, Oil on Canvas

7 comments:

randi said...

I love Mary's work also! her paintings are reflective of the beauty of the home and simplicity.

Holly said...

She is one of my favorite artists as well. I love how well she captures the bond between mother and child.

Maude said...

My favorite part about that pictures is how she is holding her child's foot. Seeing that made me a little teary and immediately took me back to my nursing days.

Crystal said...

This totally reminds me of our daughters nursing their babies during the last year. And of myself doing it many years ago too. Thanks for introducing me to Mary Cassat!

The Tour Marm said...

I have always loved her work and visit her paintings in DC and Ny.

As for the nursing...I can't comment as I did not have children!

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