McNay’s First-Ever Mary Cassatt Exhibition Features Rare Painting Exclusively On Loan From The Met

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Mary Cassatt’s Women is On View Through February 9, 2020

San Antonio, TX (November 4, 2019)
– This fall, McNay visitors have a special opportunity to view Mary Cassatt’s Impressionist masterpiece The Cup of Tea in the Museum’s newest exhibition Mary Cassatt’s Women. Joined by the McNay’s own rare suite of Cassatt’s well-known aquatints as well as other works on paper, The Cup of Tea is on loan exclusively to the McNay from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York for three months.

“We’re very fortunate to have been founded by a woman artist and have gender parity in our DNA,” said Richard Aste, McNay Director. “Thanks to Marion Koogler McNay, our collection begins with the art of Impressionists Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Mary Cassatt. This focused exhibition is a fitting tribute to her legacy.”

Cassatt received critical acclaim for The Cup of Tea in the 1881 Impressionist exhibition in Paris. She was also the only American artist to officially be incorporated into the Impressionist circle.

Mary Cassatt’s Women
focuses on the artist’s images of the ordinary, authentic, and intimate moments from the daily lives of upper-middle-class women like herself as they care for children, ride the public omnibus, or enjoy the ritual of having tea. Cassatt’s compositions frequently include family members as subjects—including her sister Lydia—who is portrayed in The Cup of Tea.

“What makes Cassatt’s work compelling is how she elevates what could be dismissed as mundane subject matter through her masterful approach to color and composition,” said Heather Lammers, McNay Collections Manager and Curator. “Her innovations of visible brush strokes and emphasis on the changing qualities of light bring a level of sensitivity and beauty to depictions of everyday social scenes.”

A special “Tea with Mary Cassatt” program is slated for November 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Guests are invited to sip tea and savor creamy scones while Mary Cassatt expert and art historian, Dr. Karen Pope, discusses how the artist paid tribute to the feminine experience in her depictions of everyday life. Space is limited and tickets are available for purchase online. Cost is $45 for not-yet-members and $40 for McNay Members.

Mary Cassatt’s Women
is organized for the McNay Art Museum by Heather Lammers, Collections Manager and Curator, with Liz Paris, Registrar for Collections.

Lead funding is generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.

About the McNay Art Museum

The McNay Art Museum engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. Built in the 1920s by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first museum of modern art when it opened in 1954. Today, 200,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.The museum offers rich and varied exhibitions as well as rotating displays in the Main Collection Galleries from the 20,000 works in the collection; more than 45,000 adults, teachers, students, and families take advantage of a variety of education programs and innovative educational resources.