Young Girl at a Window

Mary Cassatt

(American; b. Pittsburgh, 1844–d. Mesnil-Theribus, Oise, France, 1926)


Young Girl at a Window


c. 1883–841

Oil on canvas

39 9/16 x 25 1/2 in. (100.5 x 64.8 cm), Image size: 39 5/16 x 25 3/8 in. (99.8 x 64.4 cm)

Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund

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Cassatt, an expatriate who settled permanently in Paris in 1874, was the first American to associate with the French Impressionists and the only one invited to exhibit with the group. Young Girl at a Window was one of Cassatt’s contributions to the Eighth Impressionist exhibition in 1886. This painting, in which an unidentified subject sits pensively at the large window of Cassatt’s Paris studio, showcases the artist’s mastery of Impressionist technique. The sitter’s blue- and lavender-tinged white dress and hat convincingly convey the coloristic effects of changing natural light.