Child in a Straw Hat by Mary Cassatt c1886



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Child in a Straw Hat


circa 1886


oil on canvas


65.3 × 49.2 cm (25.7 × 19.4 in)

Object history

(Ambroise Vollard [1867-1939], Paris); by descent to Chrétien de Gallea, Paris.[1] (Edward Speelman, AG, Zurich); sold January 1965 to Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1983 to NGA.

[1] According to information provided by Speelman to Paul Mellon in 1965. Vollard's collection was inherited by his brother, Lucien, and by the dealer's mistress, Mme de Galea. On the movement of the Vollard collection during World War II, see Lynn Nicholas, The Rape of Europa, New York, 1994: 92-93, 304-305, 425.


signature bottom right: Mary Cassatt


From NGA Website:
Later in her career Mary Cassatt often painted the theme of a little girl wearing an oversized hat in poses similar to this one. However this child's serious expression sets the painting apart from other portraits. Most of the girls in Cassatt's paintings of children in hats appear to be willing and happy models; they smile and wear elaborate bonnets and frilly dresses. In Child in a Straw Hat, the little girl wears a plain, gray pinafore and a large, simple straw hat. Her furrowed brow and protruding upper lip suggest that she is impatient; she may have been taken away from her play in order to pose.


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