Mary Cassett “Quotes” | American Artist (1844-1926)

June 4, 2009

Biography
Mary Stevenson Cassatt (May 22, 1844 – June 14, 1926) was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.

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Mary Cassett Quotes
I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.

I used to go and flatten my nose against that window and absorb all I could of his art. It changed my life. I saw art then as I wanted to see it.

Why do people so love to wander? I think the civilized parts of the world will suffice for me in the future.

There’s only one thing in life for a woman; it’s to be a mother…. A woman artist must be … capable of making primary sacrifices.

I am independent! I can live alone and I love to work.

I have touched with a sense of art some people –

they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?

If painting is no longer needed, it seems a pity that some of us are born into the world with such a passion for line and color.

Cezanne is one of the most liberal artists I have ever seen. He prefaces every remark with Pour moi it is so and so, but he grants that everyone may be as honest and as true to nature from their convictions; he doesn’t believe that everyone should see alike.

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