MARY CASSATT (1844-1926)
MARY CASSATT (1844-1926)
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MARY CASSATT (1844-1926)

Feeding the Ducks

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MARY CASSATT (1844-1926)
Feeding the Ducks
drypoint, etching and aquatint printed in colours, inked à la poupée, with touches of delicate hand-colouring, circa 1895, on Van der Ley laid paper, a fine impression of Breeskin's third, final state, and Shapiro's fourth, final state, signed in pencil, with wide margins, with a deckle edge at left, in very good condition
Plate 295 x 393 mm., Sheet 385 x 501 mm.
Literature
Breeskin 158; Shapiro 18

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Cassatt created Feeding the Ducks at Chateau Mesnil-Beaufresne, which was located approximately fifty miles northwest of Paris. According to her patron Louisine Havemeyer, Cassatt installed a printing press in a pavilion near the pond on the grounds, where she would work on her prints, paintings and pastels, observing her visitors as they enjoyed boating on the pond. For Feeding the Ducks she inked and wiped her etching plates individually, adding monotype colour to the ducks and reflections in the water; an experimental approach which gave each impression its own distinctive qualities.

Shapiro knew of only 13 impressions of this print across all four states.

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