(b. May 22, 1844, Allegheny City, Pa., U.S.--d. June 14, 1926,
near Paris, Fr. American painter and printmaker.
Studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia,
travelled extensively in Europe, finally settling in Paris in 1874.
In that year she was accepted at the Salon and in 1877 made the acquaintance of Degas.
His art and ideas had a influence on her own work he introduced her to the Impressionists.
She was a great practical support to the movement as a whole.
Her own works, were very favourably received there.
She acquired an interest of the pictural qualities of everyday life,
with a special emphasis on the mother and child theme in the 1890s Motherhood was Cassatt's most frequent subject.(The Bath, 1891.
Her earlier works were marked by a certain gentle, golden lighting, but by the 1890s, became more emphatic, her colors clearer and more boldly defined.
She lived in France all her life.
She is well represented in public and private galleries in the United States.
Her best-known pictures include several versions of Mother and Child Lady at the Tea-Table Modern Women, a mural painted for the Women's Building of the Chicago exposition; and a portrait of the artist's mother.