The suite of ten color prints that Cassatt created between 1890 and 1891 has been hailed as the artist's finest work in any medium. For these prints Cassatt adapted certain novel elements of style from Japanese color woodcuts, such as skewed perspectives, firm outlines, and decorative patterns. Even the demure gesture seen here—that of an envelope brought to the lips to be sealed—derives from Japanese prints that show a geisha biting a handkerchief flirtatiously.
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