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Mary Cassatt is noted as the only American woman within the French Impressionist circle in Paris. From a wealthy Pennsylvania family, she nevertheless carved out a professional career for herself as an artist, defying social conventions of the time. This lecture will put Cassatt in the framework among the Impressionists and their group exhibitions. It will examine the social and domestic subjects she portrayed and the various media she used in her work. This talk is designed to complement the exhibition “Mary Cassatt at Work” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, May 18–September 8, 2024.