EDGAR DEGAS & MARY CASSAT
An episode from the series FAMOUS DUOS IN ART HISTORY
Among the Impressionists, people usually know Edgar Degas and his dancers, but have rarely heard of Mary Cassatt.
Yet it was actually thanks to the young American painter living in France that Renoir, Monet and Degas rocketed to fame in the United States. Their works are now displayed in the greatest American galleries.
Even before their first meeting in 1877, Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas had immediately realized they had much in common given their respective work.
Degas saw the determined, gifted young female artist as his alter ego: “There’s somebody who feels as I feel.”
For nearly 20 years, the two inveterate singles maintained a thriving, chaotic friendship. There has rarely been such a rapport between two artists. Their classical training and love of galleries, their need to paint almost exclusively in the studio, and their solitary, independent natures made them the great enfants terribles of Impressionism.