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Degas/Cassatt

Until 5 Oct 14, National Gallery of Art , Washington, DC, USA

The American painter Mary Cassatt was not yet an Impressionist when she settled in Paris in June 1874, but hardly anyone was. Only 30 artists took part in the first Impressionist exhibition, which closed on 15 May of that year. Cassatt probably did not see the show, although she was aware of the stir it had caused; her first taste of the movement may not have come until 1875, when she saw a group of pastels by Edgar Degas in a shop window on Boulevard Haussmann. Cassatt had already heard of Degas, but seeing his work was an altogether... Read on

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