200 (Breeskin 234)
Young Woman Reflecting
Alternate title(s): Portrait de femme de profil
c. 1893--97
Pastel on paper
24 x 19 1/4 in. (60.96 x 48.9 cm)
Inscribed lower right: Mary Cassatt
Georg Waechter Memorial Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

provenance / ownership history
Likely with Ambroise Vollard, Paris
possibly with Girardin Collection, Paris
possibly with Durand-Ruel, Paris
Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 10, 1950, #17, ill., as Portrait de femme de profil
Galerie Charpentier, Paris, December 15--16, 1958, #125, ill., as Portrait de femme de profil
to Georg Waechter Memorial Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland; not sold when offered at Sotheby's, New York, May 1, 1996, #1, ill.

exhibition history
no known exhibitions

published references
Arts (Paris) 1950a: p. 6, as Portrait de femme de profil


Ambroise Vollard likely owned Young Woman Reflecting, given that he handled most of the Cassatt pastels from which counterproofs were taken. Two counterproofs after this pastel are known to exist.

In a letter of October 17, 1968, Alfred P. Waechter of the Waechter Memorial Foundation wrote to Adelyn Breeskin, "We bought the painting from M[aître] M. Rheims in Paris and heard that it had belonged previously to Durand-Ruel and the Collection Girardin."[1] Waechter may have been referring to Dr. Maurice Girardin (1884–1951), a French collector who bequeathed a large collection of works to the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris. No additional information in support of the ownership of Girardin or Durand-Ruel has emerged, nor is it known precisely where they should appear in the provenance.

Alfred Waechter (1921–1984) and his wife Blanka Blaukopf Waechter (1921–1994) created a charitable trust in 1951, naming it in memory of Alfred's father, Georg Waechter. The Viennese-born Alfred and Blanka left Austria for Paris in 1938, settling in Geneva in 1957. In Switzerland they befriended the artist Oskar Kokoschka, who painted Blanka's portrait in 1959. The Waechters amassed a significant art collection including works by Egon Schiele and other Viennese artists in addition to those by French painters such as the Nabis and Balthus. In 1996, the Foundation offered most of its collection at auction in order to fund its ongoing charitable work. Young Woman Reflecting, however, did not sell.


[1] Maurice Rheims was the commissaire-priseur of the 1958 Galerie Charpentier auction at which the Georg Waechter Memorial Foundation purchased Young Woman Reflecting.

Young Woman Reflecting, c.1894-95, pastel counterproof on Japan paper, 27 1/2 x 21 1/8 in. (69.8 x 53.5 cm). (Photograph provided by Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.) [view all counterproofs]
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