(b. 1844, Allegheny City, d. 1926, Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)
Caress Maternellec. 1902
Oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Although Cassatt was never married and had no children of her own, she had a remarkable ability to portray the special love between mother and child. She was likely inspired to explore this theme by images of the Madonna and Child from the Italian Renaissance.