|Armchair Travel: Paris- In Search of Mary Cassatt
A woman painter in 1868? No way! Mary, the daughter of a wealthy banker, enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was disgusted with the narrow-mindedness and nastiness of the male students and faculty. Even her own father said he would rather see her dead than become an artist.
So she left her native Pennsylvania and moved to Pairs. Her first painting, The Mandolin Player, was shown in a prestigious salon and caught the eye of Edgar Degas. He influenced her into trying the new and exciting style of impressionism.
Mary holds a unique place among American artists both as a female painter and impressionist.
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