The Cup of Tea  1881

by Mary Cassatt

Taking afternoon tea was a social ritual for many upper-middle-class women. Committed to portraying the ordinary events of everyday life, the artist made that ritual the subject of a series of works painted around 1880, when she had been living abroad for the better part of a decade. Her model for this canvas was her sister, Lydia, who had moved to Paris, along with their ...
36 3/8 x 25 3/4 in. (92.4 x 65.4 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art