Date created: 1893
Dimensions: 39.5 x 26 inches
Current ownership: The Art Institute of Chicago
Medium: Oil on canvas
The key features of the painting are:
Muted colors: Cassatt used a subtle color palette. Muted greens, purples, blues, and oranges. This gives the painting a soft appearance.
Leading lines: We want to look where the mother and child are looking.
Color in the shadows: Cassatt, and the Impressionists in general, used color in the shadows rather than blacks and browns.
Simplification: Cassatt didn't paint every detail. She simplified the scene into basic shapes and colors. The rest is up to our imaginations.
Below are the main colors used in the painting. Copy the hex code for use in Photoshop or other editing software.
Below is the painting with a grid over the top so we can analyze it in terms of the rule of thirds. The grid lines and intersections are considered aesthetically pleasing areas.
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