Released to coincide with International
Mary Cassatt made a career painting the lives of
the women around her. Her radical images showed
them as intellectual, feminine and real, which was a
major shift in the way women appeared in art.
Presenting her astonishing prints, pastels and paintings, this film introduces us to the often-overlooked Impressionist whose own career was as
full of contradiction as the women she painted.
She printed, sketched, and painted dozens of
images of mothers and children yet she never
married or had children herself. She was a classically
trained artist but chose to join a group of Parisian
radicals - the Impressionists – a movement that
transformed the language of art.
The world’s most eminent Cassatt curators and
scholars help tell this riveting tale of great social
and cultural change; a time when women were
fighting for their rights and the language of art was
completely re-written. Mary Cassatt and her modern
women were at the heart of it all.