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paintings 24 Jul, 2021
Mary cassatt four (4) original paintings
I am sure this painting by Mary Cassatt has been on display or exhibited many times over the years. MutualArt Reference: Style of Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926) Oil on canvas 12 x 11 inches USA Antiques, Miami, FL Presale estimate $17,000 - $22,000 Sold for $168 December 2, 2019, Lot 43. Valuation Date June 20, 2021, Ref 20062100054866 MutualArt.com Valuation - June 20, 2021, Page 1 of 7 ARTWORK DETAILS Medium: Oil Or WatercolorOn Canvas Signed: Yes Artist: Mary Cassatt Title: A Mother With A Small Child Creation Date: Late 19th Century Measurements: Height: 12, Width: 16, Depth: 1 inch Broad Media: Painting Labels on back: none DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK This appears to be an oil painting. MutualArt.com Valuation: June 20, 2021, Page 2 of 7 "The Impressionist painter, Mary Cassatt is best known for her mother and child compositions. Born in 1844 in Allegheny City, now part of Pittsburgh, she was recognized by the turn of the century as one of the preeminent painters both of her native country and of France, which she made her permanent home in 1875. Her first public success came at the Salon of 1868 with a painting praised by a New York Times critic for its "vigor of treatment and fine qualities of color". Cassatt continued to exhibit at the Salon through the mid-1870s and attracted the attention of Edgar Degas, who invited her to join the artists dedicated to the "new painting", the Impressionists. She quickly adopted impressionist techniques of applying paint rapidly from a bright palette. Cassatt developed her own subject matter, using her family members as models because her lifestyle, with aging parents, was much more confined than that of the male Impressionists who were able to spend time in cafes and paint subjects of social life. From 1879 to 1886 she was one of only three women to exhibit with the Impressionists and the only American woman. In 1878, at the request of Julian Weir, she sent two of her paintings to him in America for exhibition with the Society of American Artists. These paintings were among the first Impressionist works to be shown in America. After the final Impressionist exhibition of 1886, Cassatt began to experiment more widely, transforming her imagery with references to Old Master Madonna and Child paintings as well as Japanese prints. As the years progressed, Cassatt became increasingly involved with women's rights causes. She painted a mural for the Woman's Building in the 1893 Chicago World's Exposition on the theme of "Modern Woman", and also helped organize an exhibition of pictures by Old Masters and Degas, in addition to her own works, to benefit woman suffrage in 1915. Cassatt resided in Europe, the remainder of her life except during the Franco-Prussian War when her family insisted she returns to Philadelphia. Upon her death in 1926, Cassatt was honored by a number of memorial exhibitions, and remains one of the most acclaimed American-born artists." MutualArt.com Valuation: June 20 2021 Page 3 of 7 FAIR MARKET VALUE A valuation is not a certificate of authenticity of an artwork. Fair market value is the price that a property would sell for on the open market. It is the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. This value is available only for artists included in the MutualArt.com database of auction houses. Minimum: 185000 USD Maximum: 250000 USD REFERENCES Beaussant Lefevre, Paris, France, may 28, 2021, Lot#169 "Etude pour la tasse de the ou L'heure du the vers", oil/paper, 15.55" x 23.62" Est:$71,365-$95,155, Hammer price:$297,355 Christie's, NY,NY,May 14, 2021, lot#454 "Francoise, Holding a little Dog, Looking Far to the Right", pastel/paper, 21.75" x 17.50' Est:$150,000-$200,000, Hammer price:$437,500 Sotheby's, NY,NY,June 26, 2020, Lot#37 "Mother in Purple Holding Her Child", pastel/tan paper/board, 28.25" x 22.25" Est:$400,000-$600,000, Hammer price:$560,000
Estimate: $100 - $400

Why are paintings so important in history?

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Art from the past holds clues to life in the past. By looking at a work of art's symbolism, colors, and materials, we can learn about the culture that produced it." Throughout history, from the cave paintings at Lascaux to contemporary works, painting has been an important part of the human experience. It's impossible to know exactly how many paintings exist, but using the broadest definition possible, we can easily assume that there are billions in existence. 

Painting is a broad term, which generally refers to a practice of applying paint, pigment or another medium to a solid support surface or base. The chosen material is usually applied to the surface using a brush, but knives and sponges are also common. Painting is an essential component of the history of art and usually depicts figural subject matter, landscapes or completely abstract compositions.

Why are paintings so expensive?

Because paintings are so important to our collective history, they are usually highly desirable amongst collectors, who perhaps see the art form as the pinnacle of the fine art category. Simply put, demand drives price. However, there is also quite a large supply of paintings, thanks, in part to the relatively low cost of production and the fact that painting has been part of the common education for the middle class and nobility since the 18th century. Therefore, it is possible to acquire inexpensive - but still quite significant and beautiful - paintings. It is our most popular category for online appraisals and our experts are well-versed in the factors that impact and determine a painting's value. 

How is the value of a painting determined?

When it comes to value, paintings rule the art market. Paintings, more than any other medium, including drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture, etc., make up the lion's share of revenue at most major auction houses each year. In 2018, world records were shattered when a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci became the most expensive work of art ever sold, with a final hammer price of $450 million. Though it's becoming more and more common for paintings to fetch nine-figure sums at auction, the vast majority (92 percent in 2018) of paintings sold are valued under $50,000. 

Determining the value of a painting can be a complex process. Factors to consider include: the artist, style, date of creation, provenance and condition. In some cases, even the medium can have a direct bearing on the value. For example, paintings executed on canvas tend to be more valuable than those painted on board, panel or paper. Size can also be a factor. Generally, the larger the painting is, the higher the value tends to be and vice versa. 

To have the most accurate and up-to-date value of your painting, it is necessary to have it appraised. At Mearto, we specialize in low-cost, quick turnaround online appraisals. Simply fill out our easy-to-use online form and send us several detailed photographs of the painting. We like to see the front, back and close-up shots of any relevant details, including the signature. Be sure to give a detailed description of the painting, including its medium, style and condition. It is also helpful to provide thorough information regarding the painting's provenance, also known for its ownership and exhibition history. 

How can I tell if my painting is valuable?

The most valuable paintings are by recognized and sought-after artists, but this does tend to change with the tastes and trends of the day. One thing that remains constant is the demand for authenticity and pristine provenance. Is your painting signed? That's a good indication of potential value, but it doesn't always mean that the painting is authentic. Many artists did not sign all of their paintings and a signature is relatively easy to forge. The best way to verify authenticity is through a combination of connoisseurship (expert opinion), provenance research and - in some cases - scientific analysis. Being able to trace the ownership of a painting all the way back to the artist - with supporting documentation - is also necessary if you want to get the highest price for your painting. 

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Customers with painting expected to sell for $5,000 or more can take advantage of our complimentary Consignment Concierge service. We will contact leading auction houses on your behalf, collect offers and help you negotiate the terms of a consignment agreement. There is no additional fee or commission for this service.

For customers with painting valued between $50 and $5,000, Mearto offers an exclusive Marketplace, which is accessed by a number of art, antiques and collectibles dealers around the world. If there is interest in your item, you will be contacted directly with offers through our platform. In the event of a successful sale, Mearto takes a 7% transaction fee.

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