Detail View

The Fitting
Date: 1891
Culture: American
Dimensions: image: 14 3/4 x 10 1/8 in. (37.5 x 25.7 cm) frame: 24 x 18 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (61 x 47 x 3.2 cm)
Medium: drypoint and aquatint
Credit Line: Bequest of Genevieve U. Gilmore
Label Text: "The Fitting is an exceptional masterwork in the KIA collection. It is from a suite of ten prints featuring women in routine daily activities. Our attention might be captured initially by the presence of the standing woman who fills the image, but Cassatt is equally concerned with the squatting seamstress. Cassatt intended this suite to be the “knock-out” that it is. She was embarking on a project that no painter-printmaker had yet attempted—editioning a related group of colored drypoint in portfolio format with each impression uniquely inked. For the 25 impressions of The Fitting, Cassatt worked side-by-side with a master printer. The drypoint drawing and aquatint texture of the image are permanent features of the plates from which it was printed. But Cassatt varied the way the plate was inked and wiped for each impression. She imbued each print, individually, with her painterly sense of tone. In true Impressionist thinking, she demonstrated an open-minded approach to artistic interpretation. There was no single perfect color solution for the image. From its inception, for the idea at the source of the project, the sheer volume of prints produced, and the beautiful outcome, The Fitting and its nine mates are landmark achievements in the history of printmaking (written by Nancy Sojka for Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection, 2018).
Object Number: 1990/1.48
Currently not on view