Cassatt gave the three well-loved, wooden boxes of pastels to a friend’s 10-year-old granddaughter, who later recalled: ‘I wasted lots of them on playing and swapping them with my friends.’
Now that child’s former play materials are on display at Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art. Three wonderfully aged wooden boxes full of pastels belonging to impressionist Mary Cassatt now belong to the National Gallery’s collection of artists’ materials. The materials provide a unique look into the lives of the artists themselves. See Mary Cassatt’s pastels on display in Washington, D.C. until Oct. 5.