Mary Cassatt was born in 1844 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She traveled to Europe with her family and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
She moved to Paris in 1874 and became famous as an impressionist. She worked in both paints and pastels and later as a printmaker. Her subjects were frequently women and children engaged in ordinary activities. She was the first to exhibit impressionist work in the Uniited States and influences several prominent collecters to embrace impressionism and French painters.
She died in 1926. Her work was well received in her life time and is displayed at many famous locations today. Websites from the National Gallery of Art and the Louvre offer a glimpse of her work.