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The Lamp.

  • ARTIST: Mary Cassatt

  • MEDIUM: Drypoint, soft-ground, etching, and aquatint printed in color,

    DATE: c.1891.

  • EDITION SIZE: Edition 25. Image size 12 9/16 x 9 15/16" (32 x 25.2 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: This is number two from what is often called "The Ten Prints." In April 1891, Galeries Durand-Ruel produced a catalog listing ten aquatints and four pastels by Mary Cassatt. Mary Cassatt created a remarkable body of multi-plate color intaglio images. Her subjects were mostly women and children in everyday settings. "The Lamp" as with the other images from “The Ten,” shows her interest in Japanese prints common in France during the nineteenth century. What is remarkable is her ability to create unique images in a different medium, intaglio rather than relief, common in Japan while still being true to the Japanese style. Of the twenty-five impressions printed, fourteen are recorded in museums as of 1989. This impression is the fourth state of four, printed from three plates.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Fourth state of four, printed from three plates. Signed in pencil, inscribed "Imprimee par l'artiste et M. Leroy" and "(25 epreuves)." Stamped lower center with the artist's mark M over a C.

  • CONDITION: Very good condition with full original color.

  • REFERENCE: Breeskin #144. Mathews and Shapiro #6.