An etching showing a woman bathing in a wash basin on a dresser. Her dress - pink, green, white stripes - is pulled down around her waist and her head is bent over the basin, reflected in the mirror before her. A large jug is at her feet.
Mary Cassatt, The Toilette, 1891. From The New York Public Library.


Film Screening: Mary Cassatt - Painting the Modern Woman

11 September 11.00 - 13.00

Lecture Theatre

Join us at the National Gallery for a special screening of this Exhibitions on Screen production, introduced by the curator of Women Impressionists, Janet McLean. 

Mary Cassatt made a career painting the lives of the women around her. Her radical images showed them as intellectual, curious and engaging, which was a major shift in the way women appeared in art. Presenting her astonishing prints, pastels and paintings, this film introduces us to the often-overlooked Impressionist whose own career was as full of contradiction as the women she painted. She printed, sketched, and painted dozens of images of mothers and children yet she never married or had children herself. She was a classically trained artist but chose to join a group of Parisian radicals – the Impressionists – a movement that transformed the language of art.

The world’s most eminent Cassatt curators and scholars help tell this riveting tale of great social and cultural change; a time when women were fighting for their rights and the language of art was completely re-written. Mary Cassatt and her modern women were at the heart of it all.

This event is organised by the National Gallery of Ireland Education department, and the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland. The exhibition is organised by Ordrupgaard in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland. The Gallery would like to thank the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for their ongoing support


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