“I secretly cherished the idea….”

Lydia Seated in the Garden with a Dog in Her Lap by Mary Cassatt (private collection; image courtesy of wikipaintings)
Lydia Seated in the Garden with a Dog in Her Lap by Mary Cassatt (private collection; image courtesy of wikipaintings)

“I secretly cherished the idea of being a great artist in the future, but that dream seemed in no way possible of realization, and though my desire to create beauty was strong, I did not seem to possess talent for music, writing, painting or sculpture, at that time the only outlet a woman had to express any artistic ability she might have.”  ~Marian Coffin

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