A painter and printmaker, Mary Cassatt studied in Europe before settling in Paris in the 1870's. She spent the remainder of her life in France, exhibited with the Impressionists and was a close personal friend of Edgar Degas.
Cassatt's work is characterised primarily by its figurative subject matter. Producing a significant number of prints, she is particularly remembered for a series of colored aquatints made during the 1890's; these demonstrated her ability to encorporate Japanese influence into her prints (for example 'Women Bathing'.
Cassatt, as an American, also provided links between American buyers and French art and indeed encouraged notable American collectors, such as the Havemeyers, to buy a great many French Realist and Impressionist works.