Woman Standing Holding a Fan: Mary Cassatt

Woman Standing Holding a Fan: Mary Cassatt

Woman Standing Holding a Fan is an 1878-1879 Impressionist oil painting by American artist Mary Cassatt.

This picture is not so much a portrait as an exercise in pattern and design. The woman in green leans over to adjust the train of her dress which forms the inverted shape of the fan in her right hand. The room is split into three areas of diverse color while psychology is minimized by Cassatt in her blurring of facial features.

Mary Cassatt was an American painter who spent most of her adult life in France. She worked alongside such fellow Impressionists as Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, and many others.

Mary Cassatt’s Woman Standing Holding a Fan is in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

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