The Mirror, 1891

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When artist Edgar Degas died in 1917, more than ninety prints by Mary Cassatt were discovered in his studio. Cassatt relied on her friend Degas for guidance on aquatint and probably called on artist Marcellin Desboutin to help perfect her drypoint technique. Her disciplined touch is evident in The Mirror, which she may have printed on the press in her apartment-studio in Paris. Cassatt exhibited this print and eleven others at the Durand-Ruel gallery in Paris. Critic Edmond de Goncourt was unimpressed. "The admiration expressed in all the papers for Mlle Cassatt's work is enough to make you die of laughter," he wrote.

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Title
The Mirror
Artist Life
1844–1926
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.4,959
Catalogue Raisonne
B.136 vi/vii
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