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The Tea

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Cassatt’s paintings often document the social interactions of well-to-do women like herself. The activities they depict—tea drinking, going to the theatre, tending children—fall within the normal routine for Cassatt’s sex and class. Yet the painter’s insistence upon representing such...

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Signed lower left: Mary Cassatt


1881, sold by the artist to Henri Rouart (1833-1912), Paris [1]; Dec. 9-11, 1912, Henri Rouart sale, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, Paris, lot 9, to Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Paris; 1942; sold by Dikran Kelekian to the MFA for $6,000. (Accession Date: April 9, 1942) [1] Rouart purchased "The Tea" from the 6th Impressionist Exhibition in 1881.

Credit Line

M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund

Le Thé

about 1880

Catalogue Raisonné

Breeskin 78


64.77 x 92.07 cm (25 1/2 x 36 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas