The Stocking

Mary Cassatt
The Stocking
drypoint
1890

An original hand-signed Mary Cassatt drypoint print.

1890

Original drypoint printed in black ink on laid Japan paper

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Mary Cassatt, also bearing the artist’s monogram stamp (Lugt 604) in blue ink at the lower left plate tip.

A superb impression of Breeskin’s fifth state of six, with touches of burr throughout, printed prior to the appearance of the diagonal scratch over the baby’s left cheek and neck and the curving line from the baby’s head toward the mother’s forehead, of this extremely rare etching from the edition of only 25. One of twelve drypoints, each published in an edition of 25, exhibited in November-December, 1893 in the large, comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s paintings, pastels, drawings, and prints, at the Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris.

Catalog: Breeskin 129.

10 x 7 inches

Sheet Size: 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches

This fine drypoint is one of twelve works in this medium that were exhibited at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris in 1893 along with examples of Cassatt’s paintings, pastels and drawings, as well as prints in other media. In addition to the twelve drypoints was a series of fourteen fine color prints, thirty-eight other etchings and one lithograph. This was one of the major exhibitions of the artist’s career. In her catalogue raisonné of the artist’s graphic work, Adelyn Breeskin comments on the prints shown in this exhibition as follows: “This particular group of prints was the culmination of all her earlier years of study. They are mature graphic works of the first quality, brilliantly executed and conceived, with comprehensive understanding of the basic elements of style, taste, and economy of means. They have a freedom and concentration that place them far above the work of the typical peintre-graveur of her time . . .”

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