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THE LETTER, 1890-1891

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About the Artwork

The Letter belongs to a set of ten color prints by Mary Cassatt depicting ordinary moments in the life of modern, upper-class women. Cassatt worked on this groundbreaking series from 1890 to 1891, inspired by a large exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints that she had seen while living in Paris. Cassatt’s familiar subject matter can sometimes eclipse the innovative achievements of her printmaking. In The Letter, the expert layering of delicate drypoint lines—especially the wispy hair and eyelashes—with the watercolor-like aquatint of blue and pink is a remarkable technical feat. Cassatt collaborated on the set with a young printer, M. Leroy, whom she credited in the handwritten inscription below the image. This acknowledgment was perhaps a nod to the labor of the project, or to the Japanese tradition of including both artist’s and printer’s signatures on a work.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. In addition, new works are continually added to the offering so make sure to come back and see the new releases.
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