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Simone in a Blue Bonnet (No. 1)

Mary Cassatt, American, (May 22, 1844–June 14, 1926)

Creation date: ca. 1903
Creation place: France

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett
Accession Number: 1938.20
Dimensions: 26 in. x 20 in. (66.04 cm x 50.8 cm)

Provenance

Payson Thompson, New York, New York ( - 1928)

Mary Stevenson Cassatt, (ca. 1903 - )

American Art Association, New York, New York (1928 - January 12, 1928)

Mrs. Henry A. Everett, Pasadena, California (January 12, 1928 - 1938)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1938 - )

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Mary Cassatt once stated, “I am an American, definitely and frankly American.” Despite this bold declaration, Cassatt’s artistic transformation took place outside of the United States. Born to a wealthy family in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, she demonstrated an interest in art from an early age. As a young woman, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, but she longed to study in Paris. After arriving in France, Cassatt transformed her life. Cassatt was the American Impressionist painter who was most accepted by her European counterparts. Edgar Degas (1834–1917) became a supporter and mentor. Simone appears in approximately twenty works by the artist. The background of the work, with its broad brushstrokes, is more sketchlike than Cassatt’s earlier, more well-known works.

October 18, 2914
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitons
Mary Cassatt
American • 1844–1926
Simone in a Blue Bonnet (No. 1)
Oil on canvas • ca. 1903
Born in Pittsburgh to a wealthy family, Mary Cassatt studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia before leaving for France in 1865. As a woman, she was barred from pursuing her education at the École des Beaux Arts, so she studied individually under several established French painters, among them artist Edgar Degas who became extraordinarily influential in the development of her work. She focused on the intimate spaces of women’s lives, depicting scenes both of domestic and public life. Children were also a major source of artistic inspiration for Cassatt. This work is one of nearly twenty portraits of Simone, a young girl who lived near her home in the Oise Valley, located fifty miles north of Paris.
Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett
1938.20
Last Updated: 12/22/2015

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Exhibit , 00/00/00 - 4/9/1974

American Paintings Exhibition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 1/2/1930 - 1/31/1930

Mary Cassatt and Her Parisian Friends Norton Simon Museum , 10/1/1951 - 10/31/1951

Mary Cassatt Exhibition , 12/10/1973 - 3/20/1974

Mary Cassatt, 1844–1926 Orange County Museum of Art , 12/12/1973 - 3/17/1974

Idol of the Moderns: Pierre-August Renoir and American Painting San Diego Museum of Art , 6/29/2002 - 2/16/2003

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

Art of the United States The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/24/2013 - 10/22/2013

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

American Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/26/2016 - 8/15/2021

Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France , 11/14/2021 - 3/13/2022

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 148, 173, Figure Number: 173

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 4, Figure Number: 4

Adelyn Dohme Breeskin. Mary Cassatt: Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington, District of Columbia, 1970
Page Number: 171, Figure Number: 436

John Palmer Leeper. The Bulletin of the Pasadena Art Institute Norton Simon Museum. Pasadena, California, October 1951
Page Number: 6, no. 14

Anne E. Dawson. Idol of the Moderns: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2002
Page Number: 73 no. 16, 81, Figure Number: 16

Dr. Don Bacigalupi and Ms. Rachel Evans. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 12

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 172, Figure Number: 172

Peyton Boswell, Jr., ed. The Art Digest The Art Digest, Inc.. New York, New York, May 15, 1938
Page Number: 7

Maria Constantino. Mary Cassatt Barnes & Noble, Inc.. United States, 1995
Page Number: 110, 128, Figure Number: 110

Ms. Margaret Breuning. Mary Cassatt The Hyperion Press. New York, New York, 1944
Page Number: 17, Figure Number: 17

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