VIDEO: A Moment in Art History | The Boating Party – What Inspired Mary Cassatt’s Famous Painting?

The Boating Party is one of the most famous paintings by American-born artist Mary Cassatt, who lived in France for most of her career. In this Moment in Art History, we’ll explore why Cassatt often painted mothers and their children and some of the other elements that may have influenced the piece.


Artwork seen in the background:

Landscapes by Shalece Fiack –

Stone and Steel Sculptures by Charles Adams and Thomas Widhalm –

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About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. The Boating Party is a favorite of mine. But I wondered, Jason, which one offers the more accurate color (especially that vibrant green): the one in your presentation or the framed one from your Washington visit at the National Gallery of Art?
    I always have this dilemma of capturing the true colors in my paintings while photographing them with my old iPhone.

  2. Learning about the life of an artist is always fascinating and adds a great deal to the artwork. I knew van Gogh had a small collection of Japanese woodblocks from when he worked in a shop selling books/art–but did not realize so many other artists at the time also had them. Interesting too that art from other artists was bought with proceeds from sales of own artwork—perhaps an example we should all take to heart.

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