432 (Breeskin 473)
Mother Wearing a Sunflower on Her Dress
Alternate title(s): Child Looking in a Mirror; Child Looking into Mirror; La femme au tournesol; Le miroir; L'enfant au miroir; Mother and Baby Reflected in Mirror; Mother and Child; Mother and Child (Mother Wearing a Sunflower on Her Dress); ?Mother and Child, with Mirror; Mother Wearing a Sunflower; Mother with Baby Reflected in Mirror; The Child at the Mirror; The Child in the Mirror; The Mirror; The Mirror (Le miroir); Woman with a Sunflower
c. 1905--07
Oil on canvas
36 1/4 x 29 in. (92.07 x 73.66 cm)
Inscribed lower right: Mary Cassatt
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection, 1963.10.98

provenance / ownership history
Roger Marx, Paris; placed on deposit at Durand-Ruel, Paris, for 1908 exhibition (Paris deposit #11393)
to Roger Marx estate sale, Galerie Manzi, Joyant, Paris, May 11--12, 1914, #15, ill., as La femme au tournesol
to Louisine (Mrs. Henry O.) Havemeyer (through Durand-Ruel, Paris)
to Havemeyer estate sale, American Art Association, New York, April 10, 1930, #82, ill., as La femme au tournesol
to Chester Dale, New York
to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1963

exhibition history
1908 Durand-Ruel Paris: #6, as Le miroir, lent by M. R[oger] M[arx]
1915 Knoedler NY: #50, as Mother and Baby Reflected in Mirror
1928 Carnegie Institute: #3, as Child Looking into Mirror
1998--99 Chicago AIC: #89, ill., as The Mirror (Le miroir), from the collection of the National Gallery of Art (Washington only)

published references
Pach 1909: between pp. 334--35, ill., as L'enfant au miroir
American Art News 1914: p. 9, as La femme au tournesol
Gazette Drouot 1914b: n.p., as La femme au tournesol
Gazette Drouot 1914c: n.p., as La femme au tournesol
Washington Post 1914: p. 7, as Woman with a Sunflower
Art Digest 1930b: p. 12, as La femme au tournesol
Art News 1930b: p. 23, as La femme au tournesol
Art News 1930c: pp. 3, 21, as La femme au tournesol
Chicago Daily Tribune 1930: p. 1, as La femme au tournesol
Chronique des arts 1930: p. 18, as La femme au tournesol
Met Museum NY 1931: p. 507, as La femme au tournesol
NY Times 1931: p. 18, if this is the work listed as "Mother and Child, with Mirror," in which case it is mistakenly described as a pastel
National Gallery DC 1942: p. 43, ill., as Mother and Child
Breeskin 1948: p. 81, as "painting of similar subject [#207]"
Walker, J. 1948a: p. 43, ill., as Mother and Child
National Gallery DC 1970: p. 23, ill., as Mother and Child
Bullard 1972: p. 76; p. 77, color pl. 28, ill., as Mother and Child
Yaegashi and Kashiwa 1978: p. 59; p. 60, ill.
Getlein 1980: p. 138, ill., as Mother Wearing a Sunflower on Her Dress
Pollock 1980: pp. 17--18, 19; p. 64, ill.; pp. 72, 90, as Mother and Child
Dijkstra 1986: p. 141; p. 142, ill., as The Child at the Mirror
Weitzenhoffer 1986: #151, ill.; pp 217, 218, 225, as Mother Wearing a Sunflower
Banta 1987: p. 371, ill., as Mother and Child
Van Buren 1989: p. 136, ill.; pp. 149, 202nn100--103, as Mother and Child
Chadwick 1990: p. 221; p. 223, ill., as Mother and Child
Effeny 1991: p. 132; p. 133, ill., as Mother and Child
Chessman 1993: p. 239, ill. (detail); pp. 255--58; p. 256, ill.; p. 339n44, as Mother and Child
Havemeyer, L. 1993: p. 343n439, as Mother Wearing a Sunflower on Her Dress
Rabinow 1993: p. 90, ill., as Mother with Baby Reflected in Mirror; p. 95, as "50"
Stein 1993: p. 265, as Mother and Child
Wold 1993: p. 300, ill.; p. 301, as Mother and Child
Constantino 1995: p. 111, ill., as Mother and Child
Pollock 1998: p. 210, ill. in installation photo of 1915 Knoedler NY exhibition; p. 210--11, as Mother and Child; p. 211, ill., as Mother and Child (Mother Wearing a Sunflower on Her Dress; pp. 212, 216, as Mother and Child
Shapiro 1998: p. 70, ill.; pp. 72, 77, as The Mirror
Charnock 2006: p. 42, as The Mirror

commentary

Roger Marx (1859–1913) was an important critic, an arts administrator, and a friend of Cassatt's.

New York–born Chester Dale (1883–1962) began his career as a runner on Wall Street, becoming a member of the New York Stock Exchange in 1918. His wife, Maud Murray Thompson Dale (1875–1953), an art critic and painter, educated him about collecting modern art.

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