539 (Breeskin 504)
Mother Nursing Her Baby
Alternate title(s): Femme et enfant avec écharpe rose; Jeune femme allaitant; Jeune femme allaitant son enfant; Jeune mère allaitant son enfant; La famille; Mère allaitant son enfant; Mère et enfant; Mother and Baby in Pink and Lilac; Mother and Child; Mother in Lilac Nursing Her Child; Mother Nursing Her Child
c. 1908
Oil on canvas
39 5/8 x 32 1/8 in. (100.65 x 81.6 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
Art Institute of Chicago: Gift of Alexander Stewart

provenance / ownership history
From the artist
to Durand-Ruel, Paris, October 15, 1908 (Paris stock #8856, Paris photo #6221)
to Durand-Ruel, New York, December 17, 1908 (N.Y. stock #3296)
to Louisine (Mrs. Henry O.) Havemeyer, New York, January 27, 1909
to Havemeyer estate sale, American Art Association, New York, April 10, 1930, #83, ill., as Jeune femme allaitant son enfant
to Chester Dale, New York
Alexander Stewart
to the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, 1956

exhibition history
1908 Durand-Ruel Paris: #22, as Jeune femme allaitant son enfant
1909 St Botolph Boston: #8, as Jeune mère allaitant son enfant, lent by Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer
1909a Durand-Ruel NY: according to American Art News, January 30, 1909, p. 1
1915 Knoedler NY: #49, as Mother and Baby in Pink and Lilac
1920 Durand-Ruel NY: #14, as Femme et enfant avec écharpe rose
1927 Penn Museum: #17, as Mother and Child
1928 Carnegie Institute: #20, as Mother in Lilac Nursing Her Child
1993 Marmottan: #6, ill., as Mère et enfant or Mère allaitant son enfant, lent by the Art Institute of Chicago

published references
American Art News 1909a: p. 1, ill., as Mother and Child
Boston Evening Transcript 1909: p. 11, as "No. 8 . . . a nursing baby"
NY Sun 1909a: p. 6, as one of "[t]hree new canvases"
Britton 1915: p. 1, as Mother and Baby in Pink and Lilac
Art News 1927b: p. 2, as Mother and Child
Alexandre, A. 1930: p. 55, ill., as Jeune femme allaitant
Art Digest 1930b: p. 12, as La famille
Art News 1930b: p. 23, as Jeune femme allaitant son enfant
Art News 1930c: pp. 3, 21, as Jeune femme allaitant son enfant
Chronique des arts 1930: p. 17, ill., as Jeune femme allaitant son enfant
Met Museum NY 1931: p. 507, as Jeune femme allaitant son enfant
NY Times 1931: either this work, B-151, or B-599 may be the picture listed on p. 18 as "Mother and Child . . . 4,500"
Sweet 1967: p. 46, ill.; pp. 47, 49n12, as Mother and Child
Getlein 1980: p. 148, ill., as Mother Nursing Her Baby
Lindsay 1985: pp. 77, 94, as Mother Nursing Her Baby
Spassky 1985: p. 652, as Mother Nursing Her Baby
Weitzenhoffer 1986: p. 225, ill., as Mother Nursing Her Child
Van Buren 1989: pp. 143, 200n72, as Mother Nursing Her Baby
Adams and Stenz 1992: p. 35n7, as Mother Nursing Her Baby
Rabinow 1993: p. 90, ill., as Mother and Baby in Pink and Lilac; p. 95, as "49"
Riding 1993: p. C16, as Mother and Child
Stein 1993: pp. 249, 282, as Mother and Child
Wold 1993: p. 300, ill.; p. 301, as Mother and Child
Lewis, M. 1994: p. 91, ill., as Mother and Child
Pollock 1998: p. 27, as ill. in installation photograph of 1927 Penn Museum exhibition; p. 210, as ill. in installation photograph of 1915 Knoedler NY exhibition
Ivinski 2004a: p. 30, as Mother Nursing Her Baby (cp)

commentary

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.

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 looking down
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 pink
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 woman
 brunette
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