Mary Cassatt and Dvořák

Audio Apr. 19, 2022
One woman sits holding a banjo in her lap while another woman is seated behind her, looking over her shoulder and watching her play.
Mary Cassatt, The Banjo Lesson, ca. 1893, Carnegie Museum of Art
I have touched with a sense of art some people—they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?
Mary Cassatt

Carnegie Museum of Art is delighted to bring you artwork from our collection whose stories and themes connect with the sounds you will hear from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. We hope you enjoy experiencing this work of art alongside the performance.

Celebrate the women in your life this Mother’s Day with Pittsburgh-born artist Mary Cassatt. In her lifetime, Cassatt explored art worlds rarely traversed by women. She exhibited with the Impressionists and created a prolific and respected body of work. Among her most well-known works are images of women and children sharing tender moments. The composition and rendering of this aquatint were inspired by an exhibition of Japanese prints Cassatt visited in Paris in 1890.

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