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Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center
Mary Cassatt was born near Pittsburg but left for Paris to study art. Because the École des Beaux-Arts refused to accept female students, she had to arrange for private instruction. Despite the hurdles that she encountered, Cassatt built an enormously successful career and became one of the leading Impressionists, exhibiting alongside Monet, Renoir, and Degas. She portrayed modern life from a female perspective, specializing in intimate scenes of mothers and daughters. Here, she represents an exuberant girl in an assertive pose, reflecting her long-standing support for women’s rights.