C is for Cassatt. Mary Cassatt is one of my favorite painters. The majority of her paintings focused on women and children, in their day to day lives. I love the way she shows the childrens' body language. Anyone can see the sprawled out abandon they exhibit when sitting on Mommy's lap.
Or the totally put out look of boredom -
Ironically, Cassatt never had children of her own. She did have nieces and nephews of whom she was quite fond. Along with her dear sister, Lydia, the nieces and nephews are featured in many of her paintings.
portraits of sister Lydia
various nieces and nephew
Mary and Lydia spent many years living in Paris to enable Mary to study with leading painters of the day. Her father, disapproving of her life choices (as in not marrying and having kids) supported her basic needs but refused to finance her painting endeavors in any way - no lesson fees, no paints, no canvas, nothing. Mary struggled to follow her heart.