310 (Breeskin 338)
The Oval Mirror
Alternate title(s): A Child before a Mirror; Boy before the Mirror; Madre e figlio; Mère et enfant; Mother and Boy; Mother and Boy (or The Oval Mirror); Mother and Boy (The Oval Mirror); Mother and Child; Mother and Child (Mère et enfant); Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror); ?Mother and Son; Mother and Son in front of a Mirror; Mother and Son with Mirror; The Florentine Madonna; Woman and Child
1899
Oil on canvas
32 1/8 x 25 7/8 in. (81.6 x 65.72 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1929, by bequest

provenance / ownership history
From the artist
to Durand-Ruel, Paris, April 21, 1899 (Paris stock #5155, Paris photo #1284)
to Durand-Ruel, New York, July 4, 1899 (N.Y. stock #2257)
to Henry O. and Louisine Havemeyer, New York, July 25, 1899
to Louisine Havemeyer, New York, 1907
to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1929, by bequest

exhibition history
1909 St Botolph Boston: #3 or #17, as Mère et enfant, lent by Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer [or B-151]
1915 Knoedler NY: #46, as Mother and Son with Mirror
1926--27 Chicago AIC: #32, as Woman and Child
1927 Penn Museum: #19, as Mother and Child
1930 Met Museum NY: #2, ill., as Mother and Boy
1955 Vancouver: #26, as Mother and Boy
1959 Four Arts FL: #45, as Mother and Boy, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1965 Cornell NY: no #, ill., as Mother and Boy, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1966 LACMA: #102, ill., as Mother and Boy
1972 Birmingham Museum AL: #9, cover, ill., as Mother and Boy (or The Oval Mirror), lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1975--76 San Jose: no #, ill., as Mother and Boy (The Oval Mirror)
1976 Dixon TN: #2, ill., as Mother and Boy (also called The Oval Mirror and The Florentine Madonna), lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1985 SUNY Binghamton: #6, as The Oval Mirror, lent by Metropolitan Museum of Art
1993 Met Museum NY: no #, as Mother and Child
1998 Reynolda NC: no #, as The Oval Mirror, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1998--99 Chicago AIC: #87, ill., as Mother and Child (Mère et enfant), lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Boston only)
2000 Royal Academy London: #254, ill., as Mother and Child

published references
Pica 1907: p. 16, ill., as Madre e figlio
Pica 1908: p. 169, ill., as Madre e figlio
Hale, P. 1909: p. 7, as "No. 17"
Britton 1915: p. 1, as Mother and Son with Mirror
Havemeyer, L. 1915: p. 3, as "boy standing by the mirror"
NY Evening Post 1915b: p. 7, as Mother and Son with Mirror
Art News 1927b: p. 2, as Mother and Child
Havemeyer, L. 1927: p. 378, as "boy standing by the mirror"
Rainey 1930: p. M8, as Mother and Child
Met Museum NY 1931: p. 172, ill., as Mother and Child
NY Times 1931: p. 18, if this is the work listed as "Mother and Son . . . 5,000"
Benjamin, R 1944: p. 303, ill., as Mother and Boy
Breeskin 1948: p. 81, as "painting of a similar composition [#205]"
Carson 1966: p. 35, as Boy before the Mirror
Gimpel 1966: p. 164, as A Child before a Mirror
Sweet 1966: p. 183, as Boy before the Mirror
Pickvance 1973: p. 746, as The Oval Mirror
Boyle 1974a: pp. 110--11; p. 111, ill., as Mother and Boy
Hale, N. 1975: p. 111, as Boy before the Mirror; following p. 192, ill., as Mother and Boy
Breeskin 1979: p. 71, as "painting of a similar composition"
Roudebush 1979: p. 16; p. 83, ill., as Mother and Boy
Getlein 1980: p. 120, ill., as Mother and Boy
Pollock 1980: pp. 14, 72; p. 116, ill., as The Oval Mirror
Stevens 1980: p. 28, as Mother and Boy (The Oval Mirror)
Rubinstein 1982: p. 135, as Mother and Son in front of a Mirror
Spassky 1984: p. 26, pl. 13, ill.; p. 28, as Mother and Child; also p. 28, as Boy before the Mirror
Lindsay 1985: p. 94, as Mother and Child
Spassky 1985: pp. 644--48; p. 647, ill., as Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror)
Weitzenhoffer 1986: #101, ill.; pp. 136, 225, as The Oval Mirror
Bolger 1989: p. 58, as Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror)
Sutton 1990: p. 35, as Boy before the Mirror
Effeny 1991: p. 126; p. 127, ill., as Mother and Boy (The Oval Mirror)
Havemeyer, L. 1993: pp. 275, 341n421, as Boy before the Mirror
Rabinow 1993: p. 90, ill., as Mother and Son with Mirror; p. 95, as "46"
Stein 1993: p. 226, ill.; pp. 227, 282, as Mother and Child
Wold 1993: p. 300, ill., as Mother and Child
Constantino 1995: p. 11; p. 106, ill., as Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror)
Pollock 1998: p. 195, as "a c. 1899 painting of Jules"; p. 198, ill., as Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror); p. 210, ill. in installation photograph of 1915 Knoedler NY exhibition
Ivinski 2004b: p. 221, as Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror)
Meyers 2005: p. 272, as Boy before the Mirror

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 blue
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