Children Playing on the Beach  1884

by Mary Cassatt

By the time Cassatt exhibited this painting at the eighth and final impressionist exhibition in 1886, her reputation as a painter of mothers and children had been well established. Critics had long commented on her ability to portray her subjects in a tender, yet unsentimental, way: "[i]Oh, my God! those babies! How those portraits have made my flesh crawl, time and again!...
97.4 x 74.2 cm (38 3/8 x 29 3/16 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

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