MARY CASSATT (1844-1926, American)
Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania and traveled widely as a youth. Both Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro were her mentors. Even though her father openly refused to support her pursuit of an art career, she continued to paint. Cassatt began to concentrate almost exclusively on mother and child scenes in the 1900’s. Mary Cassatt cat art includes Impressionistic paintings of mothers and their children that include cats as symbols of fertility and motherhood. In 1914, Cassatt had to cease painting as she was almost totally blind. She died in France in 1926, and was buried in the family vault just outside Paris.