306 (Breeskin 1001)
Mother Jeanne Embracing Her Baby
Alternate title(s): Femme tenant un enfant dans les bras; Femme tenant un enfant dans ses bras; Tendresse maternelle; Tendresse maternelle (Mother Jeanne Embracing Her Baby)
Pastel on paper
31 x 25 in. (78.74 x 63.5 cm)
Inscribed lower right: Mary Cassatt
Private collection

provenance / ownership history
Probably with Ambroise Vollard, Paris
Countess [Catherine de] la Bédoyère, by 1948
Palais Galliéra, Paris, December 2, 1970, #157, ill., as Tendresse maternelle
David B. Findlay Galleries, New York, by February 11, 1971
to Louis and Charlotte Brechemin
to the Seattle Art Museum, 1971
to Coe Kerr Gallery, New York, 1989, by exchange
to Harry and Brigitte Spiro, New York, 1989; not sold when offered at Sotheby's, New York, December 3, 1998, #35, ill., as Tendresse maternelle
Debra Force Fine Art, New York
to private collection, by 2004

exhibition history
1948 Bernheim-Jeune Paris: #13, as Femme tenant un enfant dans les bras
1973 Seattle: no #, ill., as Tendresse maternelle (Mother Jeanne Embracing Her Baby)
1977--78 Whitney NY: no #, pl. 39, ill., as Tendresse maternelle, lent by the Seattle Art Museum
1989 Coe Kerr NY: #9, as Tendresse maternelle (Mother Jeanne Embracing Her Baby), lent by private collection

published references
Berman 1999: n.p., as Tendresse maternelle


In a letter dated September 1, 1971, the Parisian gallery Bernheim-Jeune & Cie. informed the Seattle Art Museum that Mother Jeanne Embracing Her Baby had been lent to the firm's 1948 "Exposition de la femme, 1800‚Äď1830" by the "Countess La B√©doy√®re."[1] This may refer to Catherine de la B√©doy√®re (d. 1959), wife of Count Michael de la B√©doy√®re, who wrote numerous books on democracy and Christianity.

Counterproofs after this work exist.

The Breeskin catalogue raisonné (1970) contained only 943 works. All Breeskin numbers above 943 listed on this site were created by the Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonné Committee for record-keeping purposes and do not correspond to works in the Breeskin catalogue.


[1] A copy of this letter was provided to Adelyn Dohme Breeskin by the Seattle Art Museum in 1971 and remains in her archive, Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonné Committee, Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y. Bernheim-Jeune did not provide any address for the Countess.

Mother Jeanne Embracing Her Baby, c.1902-03, pastel counterproof on Japan paper, 31 1/2 x 23 1/4 in. (80 x 59 cm). (Photograph provided by Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.) [view all counterproofs]
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