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About the Artwork

In the 1890s, Mary Cassatt grew dissatisfied with the Impressionist goal of rendering a purely physical world and embraced a style of painting called Neo-Traditionalism, which married realism with subjects having symbolic or allegorical meaning. Deeply influenced by her study of paintings in the Musée du Louvre and by several trips to Italy, Cassatt admired the layers of meaning in Renaissance art and sought to bring similar content to contemporary painting.

In Maternal Caress, the subjects are framed to emphasize their rounded forms and to limit external distractions. Although this scene recalls medieval and Renaissance compositions of the Madonna and Child, Cassatt has increased the sense of intimacy between her figures by shifting the perspective over the mother’s shoulder. In this fashion, Cassatt stressed the vital role of women in childcare.

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About Our Prints

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.
You have found the work that speaks to you. Now what? Using our innovative custom framing tool you can preview exactly what your finished and framed art will look like. We offer many different moulding styles so there is sure to be a match for any type of decor.

Member Discounts

As always, members will receive their discount for all transactions processed through our Custom Prints store. Simply enter your Member ID during the checkout process and your discount will be applied.