J D Smith Fine Art Adds Original Impressionist Drawings by Mary Cassatt to Its Collection

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Two original drawings in pencil by America Impressionist Mary Cassatt have been added to the collection of J D Smith Fine Art. Given the scarcity of Cassatt’s original works in the market, this is a noteworthy event both for serious collectors of Impressionist art as well as the gallery.

The scarcity of original works by Mary Cassatt makes this addition a noteworthy event for the gallery and for serious collectors.

Mary Stevenson Cassatt was a pioneer among American artists, especially woman American artists. She was the only woman invited to participate in the French Impressionist shows of the 1870-80’s and had ongoing friendships with many of the leading Impressionists, including a unique, long-term relationship with Degas. This relationship with Degas was recently celebrated by the Degas/Cassatt exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Noted for her oil paintings, pastels, drawings, and graphic works, Mary Cassatt has been avidly collected since she started creating. Her initial notoriety in France grew to include America too. The first Cassatt drawing at J D Smith Fine Art, titled The Coiffure, shows a woman arranging her hair in front of a mirror. The work is identified as a preparatory drawing to a famous color etching with the same title. Drawings such as these helped artists solidify a print design before committing it to copper plate. The second drawing, titled, Woman Leaning, Looking Down, is a study of the head and shoulders of a woman. Artists typically do many studies like this in search of design elements they can later incorporate into full works. The two drawings, now on view at J D Smith Fine Art, complement the gallery's existing Impressionist-era prints by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

J D Smith Fine Art is an Internet-based art gallery specializing in original works and fine art prints by well-known artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. J D Smith Fine Art is located just outside Portland, Oregon, in the community of Happy Valley.

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