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“The Child’s Bath” by Mary Cassatt

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“The Child’s Bath” by Mary Cassatt

“The Child’s Bath” by Mary Cassatt was inspired by Japanese woodblocks and depicts a mother or female carer bathing of a child. The female figure holds up the child firmly and protectively while washing the child’s feet. The left arm of the child braces against the mother’s thigh, while the other hand is holding on the child’s own leg. The painting reflects the dignity of motherhood.

Cassatt was heavily influenced by her fellow Impressionist peers, especially Edgar Degas. In 1890, she was struck by the prints of the Japanese woodcuts and was drawn to the simplicity and clarity of the Japanese design, and the skilful use of blocks of colour. The perspective of this painting was inspired by Japanese prints and Degas.

Mary Cassatt was a painter and printmaker, she was born in Pennsylvania, but she lived most of her adult life in France, where she befriended Edgar Degas and exhibited among the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.


The Child’s Bath or The Bath

  • Title:                    The Child’s Bath
  • Artist:                  Mary Cassatt
  • Year:                    1893
  • Medium:             Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions        100.3 cm × 66.1 cm (39.5 in × 26 in)
  • Museum:            Art Institute of Chicago

Mary Cassatt

  • Name:                Mary Stevenson Cassatt
  • Born:                  1844 – Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died:                  1926 (aged 82) – Château de Beaufresne, near Paris, France
  • Nationality:        American
  • Movement:        Impressionism
  • Notable works:


“Every artist was first an amateur.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Photo Credit: Mary Cassatt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons