Mary Cassatt: Trailblazer for Modern Women and Female Artists

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Mary Cassatt: Trailblazer for Modern Women and Female Artists
Mary Cassatt is an amazing artist and an intriguing historical figure. She was born in 1844 to a wealthy family in what is now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cassatt grew up in a time when women’s roles were quite circumscribed. Most upper-class and middle-class women did not have careers. Women were expected to be wives, mothers, and homemakers. In the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries women were defined by these maternal-type roles. They were expected to make good marriages to strong and capable men who would act as breadwinners for their families. Steve Munson, in his comments about her show at the National Gallery in 1999 states that Cassatt was a modern woman for two...
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