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 – https://art.xanadugallery.com/collections/shalece-fiack
Stone and Steel Sculptures by Charles Adams and Thomas Widhalm – https://art.xanadugallery.com/collections/charles-adams-and-thomas-widhalm
Portions of the script for this video were sourced from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boating_Party
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.
Thank you, Jason, for your moment in the history video. Please give us more. Beautifully done!!
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.
Hi Jason. I really enjoy your Art Moments. Please keep them coming. By the way, I have your books “How to Sell Art” and “”Starving” to Successful”. Very helpful.
I am a retired Architect who restarted painting in watercolours and Acrylic Mixed Media
Thank you Jason. Always find these quite interesting. Thank you again.
I like the perspective of the boating party, the dark rower vs the more pastel people and the angles that lead the eye. It draws one in and begs to learn more of the people themselves. Thanks for the reintroduction to the piece.
I love this painting and it’s simple but powerful composition. But in her older works I was always very drawn by the play of sunlight on the forms and the glowing translucency of the skin on the people.
Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed looking at this painting.
Loved this “moment in history” about Mary Cassatt. She was definitely a woman who knew her own mind. I admire her tenacity in pursuing what she wanted to do in a time when women had so little choice about their lives. Her work may be modeled after other artists (as we all do from time to time) but she has a unique style all her own. Enjoyed the “moment”.