Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), the American Impressionist, was captivated by the challenges and artistic possibilities of making prints. These works were a central part of her discipline as a draughtsman, allowing her to focus on the essentials of form, gesture and expression. Ambroise Vollard, the daring new dealer in Paris at the time, was stunned by the vitality and modern vision of her works on paper, and was particularly struck by the sequences of states of her prints, which provided an extraordinary visual record of the creative process. Later in her career, Vollard acquired Cassatt’s entire collection of her own prints and drawings, most of which had never been exhibited. These works remained in his holdings until his death in 1939, and were then acquired by the distinguished French dealer and collector, Henri M. Petiet. In 2000, part of this trove of works was brought to light by Marc Rosen Fine Art, Ltd. in the ground-breaking exhibition at Adelson Galleries, Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Artist’s Studio. Another aspect of her artistic experimentation was revealed in the 2004 show held there, Art in a Mirror: The Counterproofs of Mary Cassatt, which presented previously unknown pastel transfers. Now, the full depth of this astonishing cache of Cassatt’s graphic works will be put in perspective in what will be the final exhibition of this series, Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Ambroise Vollard, which will open to the public on April 25, 2008, and remain on view at Adelson Galleries through June 6. Featured will be nearly 140 works, including etchings and aquatints as well as a group of important early drawings, which reveal the range of the artist’s creative process and add to the understanding of her innovative approach to art.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, descriptive catalogue by Marc Rosen and Susan Pinsky, Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Ambroise Vollard, with a foreword by Warren Adelson and essays by Nancy Mowll Mathews, the Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator of 19th- and 20th- Century Art at the Williams College Museum of Art, author of numerous books, including many on Cassatt; and Sarah Bertalan, an independent conservator of works on paper and an editor/compiler of the Paper Conservation Catalogue; and Marc Rosen. The catalogue will be available wherever books are sold.
Adelson Galleries is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:30-5:30, and will be open most Saturdays during this exhibition from 10-5. The galleries are located 19 East 82nd Street, New York, NY. Tel: 212.439-6800. Fax 212.439.6870.
For a complete illustrated list of works in the exhibition, please visit www.adelsongalleries.com and select "Mary Cassatt Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Ambrose Vollard".