294 (Breeskin 311)
Mother Louise, Nursing Her Baby
Alternate title(s): Louise allaitant son enfant; Louise Breastfeeding Her Child; Louise Feeding Her Child; Louise Nursing Her Child; Maternité; Maternity; Mère allaitant son bébé; Mère allaitant son enfant; Mère et enfant; Mother Nursing Her Child; Mother Suckling Her Child; Young Mother Nursing Her Child; Young Mother Nursing Her Child (Mère allaitant son bébé)
1899
Pastel on paper
28 1/2 x 21 in. (72.39 x 53.34 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
RAU Collection, UNICEF Foundation, Cologne, Germany

provenance / ownership history
From the artist
to Durand-Ruel, Paris, April 21, 1899 (Paris stock #5154, Paris photo #1285)
Collection Lefébure, by 1938
Durand-Ruel, Paris, by 1953
Marie-Louise Durand-Ruel d'Alayer de Costemore d'Arc, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, by 1967
to Sotheby's, London, December 2, 1986, #11, ill., as Louise allaitant son enfant
Fondation Rau pour le Tiers Monde, Zurich, 1995
RAU Collection---UNICEF Foundation, Cologne, Germany

exhibition history
1907--08 Manchester: #69, as Young Mother Nursing Her Child
1908 Durand-Ruel Paris: #44, as Mère allaitant son bébé
1924 Durand-Ruel Paris: #34, as Mère allaitant son enfant
1953 Marlborough London: #9, as Mère et enfant
1995 Isetan Japan: #47, ill., as Louise allaitant son enfant, lent by private collection
1995--96 Royal Academy London: #1, ill., as Louise Nursing Her Child, lent by Fondation Rau pour le Tiers-Monde, Zurich
1998--99 Chicago AIC: #85, ill., as Young Mother Nursing Her Child (Mère allaitant son bébé), lent by Fondation Rau, Zurich (Chicago, Boston)
2000--01 Musée du Luxembourg: #75, ill., as Louise Feeding Her Child

published references
Mauclair 1902: p. 179, ill., as Mère allaitant son enfant
Geffroy 1904: p. 5, ill., as Maternité
Mellerio 1910: p. 70, ill., as Mère allaitant son enfant
Segard 1913: following p. 88, ill., as Mère allaitant son enfant
Cary 1914: p. 152, ill., as Mother Suckling Her Child
Valerio 1930: pl. 12, ill., as Mère allaitant son enfant
Watson 1932: p. 35, ill., as Mother Nursing Her Child
Bunoust 1936: p. 31, ill., as Mère allaitant son enfant
Carnegie Corp 1936: n.p., ill., as Maternity
Besson 1938: pl. 38, ill., as Maternité
Breeskin 1948: p. 78, as "pastel of this composition [#172]"
Monro and Monro 1948: p. 126, as Mother Nursing Her Child or Maternity or Mère allaitant son enfant
Illustrated London News 1953: p. 73, ill., as Mère et enfant
Breeskin 1979: p. 68, as "pastel of this composition"
Koepsell 2005: p. 314, ill., as Louise Breastfeeding Her Child

commentary

Anne-Marie (Mrs. Jacques) Lefébure (1901–1990) and Marie-Louise (Mrs. Jean) d'Alayer de Costemore d'Arc (1897–1991) were granddaughters of Galeries Durand-Ruel founder Paul Durand-Ruel. For Cassatt's portrait of a young Marie-Louise, see Portrait of Marie-Louise Durand-Ruel; for her portrait of Anne-Marie, see Portrait of Mademoiselle Anne-Marie Durand-Ruel.

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