In the Garden belongs to a group of pastels, drawings, and paintings done after 1900 and based upon children living in the village near the artist’s home in France. Cassatt’s practice with these child models was to use them again and again so they became accustomed to her and the demands of posing. The composition has several features common to impressionism: the high vantage point, the extension of the ground almost to the top of the canvas, the placement of the cropped figures in the immediate foreground, and the bold juxtaposition of the figures and the background.
Artist Mary Cassatt, American, 1844-1926
Title
  • In the Garden
Date 1903 or 1904
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 26 3/4 × 32 1/2 inches (67.9 × 82.6 cm)
Framed: 35 3/4 inches × 42 inches × 41 1/4 inches (90.8 × 106.7 × 104.8 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dr. Ernest G. Stillman
Accession Number 22.6
Department American Art before 1950
On View Modern C236, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower left: Mary Cassatt
Mary Cassatt (Paris, France);
dealer, Durand-Ruel (New York, New York, USA).
Cyrus J. Lawrence (New York, New York, USA);
1910, American Art Galleries, Cyrus J. Lawrence Sale (New York, New York, USA).
James Stillman (Paris, France).
Dr. Ernest G. Stillman (New York, New York, USA)
1922-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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