Mary Cassatt was a fellow Griffoniac.
American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt owned, bred and painted many a Griffon in her day. (1844-1926)
Born into a well placed family in Philadelphia, much to their dismay she chose to become a professional artist at the youthful age of 15.
Mary Cassatt attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She moved to Paris in the year 1866. She became friends with the French artist Edgar Degas, who encouraged her to join the Impressionist movement.
Mary Cassatt was very fond of little dogs, especially Brussels Griffons.
She’s celebrated for her intimate domestic scenes, but she also had a sharp eye for public performance.
In the artless sprawl of the child in Little Girl in a Blue Armchair you can find foreshadowed the pose of a provocative adult.
Inspired by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other members of their circle, Cassatt embraced the Impressionists’ commitment to forthright storytelling about inconsequential subjects.
In a room crammed with haphazardly arranged furniture, the daughter of friends of Degas sprawls on an overstuffed chair while Cassatt’s Brussels griffon rests on another.
Although Cassatt’s candid picture of a bored or exhausted child repudiates traditional portraits of charming little girls in proper poses holding faithful dogs, she was enraged when the American jury rejected it for display at the 1878 Exposition Universelle. Instead, she showed it with the Impressionists in 1879, the first of her four exhibitions with the group.
It was through Dega’s friend, a breeder of Brussels Griffons in Paris that she got her first Griff, she later bred them and had several at a time. Griffons were a common subject in her work, black and tan rough coats were here favorites.
We are so happy and proud to add this maverick Amercian woman artist to the Cult of Griffon roster!
Cheers to Mary Cassatt and to her fabulous Griffon paintings!