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Mary Cassatt's 1897 canvas Breakfast in Bed is a moving and experiential reproduction from life of a domestic scene. Born in Pennsylvania, Mary Cassatt acquainted herself with the European avant-garde when she settled in Paris in 1873, remaining there for the rest of her life. In 1877, both Cassatt's entries to the Paris Salon were rejected and she began to become pessimistic about her talent. However, she was invited by the painter Edgar Degas to exhibit at one of the independent Impressionist exhibitions. Embracing the shimmering luminosity of the Impressionists, Cassatt became a part of the small informal group, and close friends with Degas. Degas has since become closely identified with the theme of capturing movement —capturing the effects of bodily movement in the same way that Monet and Renoir replicated the shimmering effects of light on water. His works have a psychological depth and a profound sense of isolation and existential loneliness. Like Degas, Cassatt stands out amongst her Impressionist contemporaries who tended to gaze at women rather than represent them and thus immersed himself in the complexities of domestic life.
Breakfast in Bed is suffused with the bright colors, broad brushstrokes, and the careful reproduction of the effects of light that first allowed her to be exhibited alongside the Impressionists. The vibrant contours and surprising rhythms seem to emerge organically from the natural world, with the charismatic dabs and sharp brush-strokes creating a visual impression that dances across the canvas. Delving almost into abstraction, the human figures are used merely to anchor the painting against the comforting bedding. Woman and child awake together in bed benefiting from an atmosphere of mutual support, in this subtle and emotionally resonant image. A recurring theme in her works, Cassatt's curiosity with the interplay between mother and child revealed the joy, tension, and revelatory simplicity in the domestic experience.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Breakfast in Bed, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Breakfast in Bed that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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