View 1 of Lot 48. Children Playing with a Cat.
View 1 of Lot 48. Children Playing with a Cat.
48

Mary Cassatt

Children Playing with a Cat

Estimate:

2,000,000 - 3,000,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Richard and Betsy Porter, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt

Children Playing with a Cat

Children Playing with a Cat

Estimate:

2,000,000 - 3,000,000 USD

Lot sold:

2,198,000

USD

Property from the Collection of Richard and Betsy Porter, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Mary Cassatt

1844 - 1926

Children Playing with a Cat


signed Mary Cassatt (lower right)

oil on canvas

32 by 39 1/2 inches

(81.3 by 100.3 cm)

Painted in 1907-08.


This work is included as no. 509 in the Cassatt Committee's revision of Adelyn Dohme Breeskin's catalogue raisonné of the works of Mary Cassatt.

The artist
Durand-Ruel, Paris, France, 1908 (probably acquired from the above)
Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, circa 1908 (acquired from the above)
François Daulte, Paris, France, by 1947
M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1965 (acquired from the above)
Private collection, North Carolina, 1966 (acquired from the above)
Private collection (his son, by descent; sold: Sotheby's, New York, December 3, 1998, lot 24)
Gloria E. Gurney, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Estate of the above (sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 29, 2006, lot 136)
John H. Surovek Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 2011
"Annual Academy Display," American Art News, vol. 7, March 13, 1909, p. 3
"Annual Academy Display: Second Notice," American Art News, vol. 7, March 20, 1909, p. 2
"Buffalo," American Art News, vol. 7, June 12, 1909, p. 2
"The Fine Arts: Miss Mary Cassatt's Exhibition," Boston Evening Transcript, February 9, 1909, p. 11
"The Fine Arts," Boston Evening Transcript, March 13, 1909, Part 2, p. 5
Royal Cortissoz, "Art Exhibitions: The Spring Collection of the National Academy of Design," New York Tribune, March 18, 1909, p. 7
"Pictures at the Academy," New York Evening Post, March 16, 1909, p. 7
"Around the Galleries," New York Sun, January 19, 1909, p. 6
"The Spring Academy," New York Sun, March 16, 1909, p. 6
"Pioneer Spirit in Academy Exhibition," New York Times, March 13, 1909, p. 6
"In the Art World of Many Cities," Philadelphia Inquirer, January 17, 1909, p. 8
"Art Glows Bright in Lenten Season." Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 1909, p. 7
"Chicago," American Art News, vol. 9, October 22, 1910, p. 2
"Art and Artists," Brooklyn Daily Standard Union, April 25, 1910, p. 4
Elisabeth Luther Cary, "Studio Talk—–Philadelphia," Studio, vol. 49, March 1910, p. 160
Elisabeth Luther Cary, "Studio-Talk," International Studio, vol. 40, April 1910, p. 160
Lena M. McCauley, "Chicago Art Institute Exhibition," Art and Progress, vol. 2, December 1910, p. 49
"Art," Nation, vol. 90, February 3, 1910, p. 121
Frank Moore Colby, ed., "Painting," New International Year Book: A Compendium of the World's Progress for the Year 1909, New York, 1910, p. 548
"Pittsburgh's Foreign Art Show," New York Evening Post, May 9, 1910, p. 9
"The Pennsylvania Academy," New York Sun, February 5, 1910, p. 6
"Much Good Painting in the Pennsylvania Academy Exhibition—–Older Men Send Fine Work: Americans Living in France Well Represented—–Great Portraits by Sargent and Tarbell," New York Times Magazine, January 23, 1910, p. SM14
"Subject Pictures an Important Feature of the Philadelphia Exhibition—–Many Good Ones Shown: Modern Technique Preserves Freshness of Surface and Pure Color—–Much Attention Paid to Design," New York Times Magazine, January 30, 1910, p. SM14
James William Pattison, "Annual Exhibition of the Carnegie Institute," Fine Arts Journal, vol. 23, July 1910, p. 15, illustrated
"The Annual Exhibition at the Academy of the Fine Arts Is Best of the Year, Surpassing in Paintings and Sculpture," Philadelphia Press, January 23, 1910, p. 14
"Art Exhibit Starts Monday of Next Week," Pittsburgh Daily Post, April 25, 1910, p. 5
"Cassatt at Durand-Ruel's," American Art News, vol. 9, January 7, 1911, p. 6
"Art in Many Phases Seen in the Galleries," Brooklyn Eagle, January 9, 1911, p. 9
"Mary Cassatt's Achievement: Its Value to the World of Art," Craftsman, vol. 19, March 1911, p. 543, illustrated
"Matters of Art," New York Tribune, January 8, 1911, p. 7, illustrated
"Mary Cassatt," Bulletin of Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, October 1911, illustrated n.p.
"Cassatt Painting," Syracuse Herald, July 2, 1911, p. 5C
"The Museum of Fine Arts," Syracuse Post-Standard, July 25, 1911, n.p.
"Corcoran Exhibit," New York Evening Post, December 28, 1912, p. 7
H. H. Pfahler, "Art Exhibit Opens To-day," Washington Herald, December 16, 1912, p. 2
"Art," Nation, vol. 96, January 2, 1913, p. 20
Achille Segard, Mary Cassatt: Un peintre des enfants et des mères, Paris, France, 1913, illustrated p. 204
James B. Townsend, "Corcoran Gallery Exhibition (Final Notice)," American Art News, vol. 11, January 11, 1913, p. 3
Frank Moore Colby, ed., "Painting and Sculpture," New International Year Book: A Compendium of the World's Progress for the Year 1913, New York, 1914, p. 515
Bessie Laub,  "The Art Corner: The Art of Mary Cassatt," Louisville Courier-Journal, April 1, 1917, p. 33
"What Is Stirring in the Realm of Art." Brooklyn Eagle, April 29, 1917, p. 6
"Random Impressions in Current Exhibitions," New York Tribune, April 29, 1917, Section 3, p. 3
A. J. Philpott, "Art Exhibition to Open at Concord," Boston Globe, May 14, 1922, p. 12
Elisabeth Luther Cary, "Ten Eminent Women Painters," American Magazine of Art, vol. 14, March 1923, p. 154|
D. G., "The Plastic Club, Philadelphia," Christian Science Monitor, January 23, 1923, p. 6
Edward Longstreth, "Philadelphia," Art News, vol. 21, January 20, 1923, p. 9
Edward Longstreth, "Philadelphia," Art News, vol. 23, October 18, 1924, p. 10
"Miss Cassatt Will Abandon Art Work," Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, March 4, 1924, p. 3
Eleanor Jewett, "Art and Artists," Chicago Daily Tribune, April 26, 1925, p. E8
L. M., "Contemporary American Painting," American Magazine of Art, vol. 17, May 1926, p. 224
"American Artist is Dead in France," Boston Globe, June 16, 1926, p. A5
"Mary Cassatt, Famed as International Artist, Passes Away," Chicago Daily Tribune, June 17, 1926, p. 33
Lula Merrick, "In the New York Art Galleries," Spur, vol. 38, November 15, 1926, p. 70, illustrated
"Miss Mary Cassatt, Philadelphia Artist, Dies in Paris Home," New York Herald Tribune, June 16, 1926, p. 15
"Mary Cassatt Dies: An American Artist," New York Times, June 16, 1926, p. 25
"Mary S. Cassatt, Artist, Dies at 83," Philadelphia Public Ledger, June 16, 1926, p. 3
"Artists Every Child Should Know," American Childhood, vol. 12, April 1927, p. 40
"Philadelphia Show Honors Work of Mary Cassatt," Art News, vol. 25, May 7, 1927, p. 2
"Mary Cassatt's Story," Christian Science Monitor, March 19, 1927, p. 11
"Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot," Art News, vol. 29, October 25, 1930, p. 10
"With the Collector of Art and Antiques," Wall Street Journal, October 29, 1930, p.
4
Geneva Armstrong, Woman in Art, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1930, p. 252
Dorothy Grafly, "Studio Talk - Exhibitions: Lasting Fame Seen for Mary Cassatt, Brilliance Marks Her Paintings in New Exhibit Here," Philadelphia Public Ledger, January 18, 1931, p. 7
Eleanor Jewett, "Arts Club Holds First Exhibit of Season," Chicago Daily Tribune, November 29, 1931, p. D6
Helen Appleton Read, "Are Women Better Artists than Men?," Brooklyn Eagle Magazine, July 30, 1933, p. 9, illustrated
"Memorial Art Exhibition at Guild Hall," East Hampton Star, September 13, 1934,
p. 8
"Memorial to 67 Painters of U.S.," The New York Times, September 10, 1934, Books section, p. 15
Charles E. Offin, "From Ryder to George Luks," Brooklyn Eagle, February 9, 1936, p. 38
Thomas Simonton, "19th Century Art Displayed at Milch; Other Exhibitions," New York
American, February 8, 1936, p. 14
Daniel Catton Rich, ed., Catalogue of the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection of Paintings, Sculpture and Drawing, Chicago, Illinois, 1938, p. 56, illustrated opp. p. 128
Christian Brinton, "A Glance in Retrospect," Mary Cassatt, 1845–1926, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1939, n.p.
"Baltimore Stages Retrospective of Mary Cassatt, Famed Expatriate," Art Digest, vol. 6, December 15, 1941, p. 8, illustrated
Margaret Breuning, Mary Cassatt, New York, 1944, p. 40, illustrated
Isabel Stevenson Monro and Kate M. Monro, Index to Reproductions of American
Paintings, New York, 1948, p. 125
Stuart Preston, "Art: Glimpse Below Iceberg's Surface," The New York Times, June 19, 1965, Food section, p. 26
Frederick A. Sweet, "Paintings and Pastels by Mary Cassatt in the Collection of the Art
Institute," Museum Studies, vol. 2, 1967, p. 47, illustrated
Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings, Washington, D.C., 1970, no. 505, p. 189, illustrated
Nancy Hale, Mary Cassatt, Garden City, New York, 1975, p. 130
Richard H. Love, Cassatt: The Independent, Chicago, Illinois, 1980, p. 139
Suzanne G. Lindsay, Mary Cassatt and Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1985, pp. 92-93
Nancy Mowll Mathews, Mary Cassatt, New York, 1987, illustrated p. 138
Jane Silverman van Buren, The Modernist Madonna: Semiotics of the Maternal Metaphor, Indianapolis, 1989, p. 202n105
Henry Adams, et all., American Drawings and Watercolors from the Kansas City Region, Kansas City, Missouri, 1992, p. 35n7
Nancy Mowll Mathews, Mary Cassatt: A Life, New York, 1994, p. 285, illustrated
Judith A. Barter, Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman, New York, 1998, pp. 359-362
Michelle Naimo Bird, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., p. 120
Paris, France, Durand-Ruel, Tableaux et pastels par Mary Cassatt, November 1908, no. 21, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
New York, National Academy of Design, Eighty-Fourth Annual Exhibition, March-April 1909, no. 192, n.p.
(possibly) New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Ancient and Modern Paintings, January 1909, n.p.
Boston, Massachusetts, St. Botolph Club, Pictures by Mary Cassatt, February 1909, no. 2, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Buffalo, New York, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery; St. Louis, Missouri, City Art Museum, 4th Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists, May-September 1909, no. 30, n.p.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 105th Annual Exhibition, January-March 1910, no. 682, p. 64
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Institute, Fourteenth Annual Exhibition at the Carnegie Institute, May-June 1910, no. 41, n.p.
Chicago, Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture by American Artists, October-November 1910, no. 41, n.p.
New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, January 1911, n.p.
Syracuse, New York, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, July 1911, n.p.
Washington, D.C., The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fourth Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, December 1912-January 1913, no. 103, n.p.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Art Museum, Twenty-Second Annual Exhibition of American Art, May–July 1915, no. 122, n.p.
New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Paintings by Mary Cassatt, April–May 1917, no. 19, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Institute of Arts, Sixth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists, April–May 1920, no. 29, n.p.
Concord, Massachusetts, Concord Art Association, Town Hall, Sixth Annual Exhibition, May 1922, no. 15, n.p. (as Mother and Children)
St. Louis, Missouri, City Art Museum, Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists, September 1922, no. 23, n.p.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Plastic Club, Exhibition by Eminent Women Painters, January 1923, no. 1, n.p. (as Enfant jouant avec un chat)
New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Drypoints, and Watercolors by Mary Cassatt, April 1923, no. 7, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Dallas, Texas, State Fair of Texas, Eigtheenth Annual Loan Collection of American Paintings, October 1923, no. 30, n.p.
New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by Mary Cassatt, May 1924, no. 14, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Haverford, Pennsylvania, McClees Galleries, October 1924, n.p. (as Enfant jouant avec un chat)
Chicago, Illinois, Women's World's Fair, American Exposition Palace, Fine Art Department of the Women's World's Fair, April 1925, no. 15, n.p.
Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tenth Exhibition of Contemporary American Oil Paintings, April–May 1926, no. 125, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by Mary Cassatt (1847 [sic]–1926), October–November 1926, no. 16, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Chicago, Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, Memorial Collection of the Works of Mary Cassatt, December 1926–January 1927, no. 2, n.p.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Mary Cassatt Memorial Exhibition, April–May 1927, no. 4, n.p.
New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Exhibition of Paintings by Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, October–November 1930, no. 5, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Buffalo, New York, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, A Group of French Paintings from Courbet Down to and Including the Contemporary Moderns, November–December 1930, no. 10, illustrated n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, McClees Galleries, An Exhibition and Sale of Paintings and Etchings by Mary Cassatt, January–February 1931, no. 15, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Chicago, Illinois, Arts Club of Chicago, Exhibition of Paintings by Three Women Painters Loaned by Durand-Ruel, New York and Paris, November 1931, no. 1, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Brooklyn, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Exhibition of Paintings by American Impressionists and Other Artists of the Period 1880–1900, January–February 1932, no. 13, n.p.
St. Louis, Missouri, City Art Museum, Exhibition of Oils and Pastels by Mary Cassatt, December 1933–January 1934, no. 15, n.p.
East Hampton, New York, Guild Hall; Toledo, Ohio, Toledo Museum of Art; Springfield, Massachusetts, Springfield Museum of Fine Arts; New York, Squibb Building; Louisville, Kentucky, Louisville Art Association; Manchester, New Hampshire, Currier Gallery of Art; Buffalo, New York, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy; Rochester, New York, Memorial Art Gallery, American Painters Memorial Exhibition Since 1900, September 1934-June 1935, no. 15, illustrated n.p.
New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by Mary Cassatt, February–March 1935, no. 6, n.p.
New York, Milch Galleries, Important Exhibition of 19th- and 20th-Century American Painters, February 1936, no. 5, n.p.
Dallas, Texas, Centennial Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Paintings, Sculptures, Graphic Arts, June–November 1936, no. 16, illustrated n.p.
Brooklyn, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Leaders of American Impressionism: Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, John H. Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, October 1937, no. 30, n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
Haverford, Pennsylvania, The Union, Haverford College, Mary Cassatt, May–June 1939, no. 12, n.p. (as Mother and Two Children)
Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore Museum of Art, Mary Cassatt, November 1941–January 1942, no. 54, n.p.
Palm Beach, Florida, Society of the Four Arts, French Impressionist Paintings, March 1947, no. 1, illustrated n.p. (as Enfants jouant avec un chat)
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Summer Exhibition, June-September 1965, no. 11, n.p. (as Mother and Two Children)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Salem Fine Arts Center; Raleigh, North Carolina, North Carolina Museum of Art, Women, February-April 1972, no. 24, illustrated
Tokyo, Japan, Isetan Museum of Art; Nara, Japan, Nara Prefectural Museum of Art, The Art of Mary Cassatt 1844–1926, June-August 1981, no. 44, illustrated n.p.