Cassatt stated that her first encounter with Degas’s art “changed my life,” while Degas, upon seeing Cassatt’s art for the first time, reputedly remarked, “there is someone who feels as I do.”
NPR recently featured a story about the friendship, mutual admiration, art — passion? — between Edward Degas and Mary Cassatt.
Read it here.
I am a fan of both painters. I love the movement, the color, the subjects they chose, and their individual voices.
Knowing of their connection makes me feel that I know them both a little bit better.
Little Girl in a Blue Armchair is full of Degas’ influence. First of all, he brought the girl to Cassatt — she was the child of his friends. In a pretty dress, she sits slumped in a chair, hand behind her head and legs spread apart. She looks bored, exhausted and not at all dainty or proper. Other big blue chairs and a sofa are in the room — “like bumper cars,” Jones says. A window in the corner may show Degas’ direct influence.
There is an exhibit at the National Gallery featuring the work of both these artists: It runs May 11 to October 5, 2014.
Quotes from the NPR story and from the exhibit home page.