MUSCATINE — The Muscatine Art Center will present a lecture Oct. 24 on Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt by art history speaker Carol Ehlers of Davenport.
The 45-minute lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the art center’s Music Room. Admission is free.
Mary Stevenson Cassatt was born in 1844 into an upper-middle-class family near Pittsburgh. Although her family objected to her becoming a professional artist, she began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at the age of 15.
Impatient with the slow pace of instruction, Cassatt decided to end her studies after four years and move to Paris. Since women could not yet attend the École des Beaux-Arts there, she applied to study privately with masters from the school and augmented her artistic training with daily copying in the Louvre.
In 1868, the French art scene was in the process of change. That included the Impressionists being in their formative years.