Art in a Mirror: The Counterproofs of Mary Cassatt

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Adelson Galleries, 2004 - Art - 133 pages
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This volume is a catalog published to accompany an exhibition of the works of American painter and printmaker Marry Cassatt (1844-1926). The exhibition showcased a previously unseen inventory of 48 counterproofs done by Cassatt around 1905-1915. Counterproofs are essentially monotypes, created by a damp sheet of paper laid over a chalk or pastel drawing and run through a press. Pigment lifts from the original, yielding a pale mirror image. Because so little pigment is transferred, individual hatchings pale into veils of melded color. There is a purity and economy to these images, testimony to what little means are needed to suggest weight and volume.

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President of Adelson Galleries, authority on Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent

Director, Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonne Committee

Senior Research Associate for Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonne

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