Lilacs in a Window  1883

by Mary Cassatt

A dark aubergine vase containing purple and white lilacs is shown placed on what seems to be a sill or work surface in a greenhouse, with the adjacent window held open by a prop. This most simple of subjects is presented with an angular fluency and dash characteristic of Cassatt's best work, which is not surprising given her love of gardens and flowers. Pure still life is ...
24 3/16 x 20 1/8 in. (61.5 x 51.1 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art