350 (Breeskin 381)
Mother, Sara, and the Baby
Alternate title(s): Jeune mère avec ses enfants
1901
Pastel on paper
36 x 29 1/2 in. (91.44 x 74.93 cm)
Inscribed lower right: Mary Cassatt
Private collection

provenance / ownership history
Ambroise Vollard, Paris, by 1908 (placed on deposit at Durand-Ruel, Paris, for 1908 exhibition; Paris photo #6260)
Lars H. G. Burman, Paris and New York; placed on consignment with M. Knoedler & Co., New York, March 14, 1949 (consignment #WCA 1128)
to Howard Young Galleries, New York, January 30, 1953
Mrs. Richard Reynolds, New York; dates unknown
Donald Stralem, New York; placed on consignment with M. Knoedler & Co., New York, September 16, 1957 (consignment #CA 5279)
to Hal B. Wallis, Hollywood, California, January 1960 (through M. Knoedler & Co., New York)
to Wallis estate sale, Christie's, New York, May 10, 1989, #3, ill.
Christie's, New York, April 30, 1996, #33, ill.
private collection, by 2008

exhibition history
1908 Durand-Ruel Paris: #39, as Jeune mère avec ses enfants, lent by A[mbroise] V[ollard]

published references
no known literary references

commentary

Counterproofs after this work exist.

Howard Young (1878–1972) was an art dealer; a partner in business with Elizabeth Taylor's father, Francis Taylor; and a friend of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's.

According to an M. Knoedler & Co. information sheet about this work, likely written in the late 1950s, Mother, Sara, and the Baby was once owned by Mrs. Richard Reynolds, New York. It is not known whether Mrs. Reynolds had the picture before Lars H. G. Burman, who in 1949 first consigned the work to Knoedler, or whether Mrs. Reynolds owned the pastel at some time after Howard Young Galleries owned it and before Donald Stralem acquired it. Stralem consigned the work to Knoedler in 1957.

Donald Stralem (1903–1976), chairman of Stralem and Company, an international investment banking firm, participated in various arts and philanthropic organizations including the Travelers Aid Association of America and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard.

Chicago-born Hal B. Wallis (1899–1986) moved to Los Angeles in his early 20s and worked his way up from managing a theater owned by Warner Bros. to heading the company's publicity department. He soon became involved in movie production and produced more than 400 feature-length films, from the 1931 crime drama Little Caesar, starring Edward G. Robinson, to the John Wayne western Rooster Cogburn (1975). Wallis won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture for Casablanca (1942).

PAI

Mother, Sara, and the Baby, c.1898, pastel counterproof on Japan paper, ? in. (? cm). (Photograph provided by Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.) [view all counterproofs]
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