Paris has always harbored a special allure for American expatriate writers, artists and composers. But throughout the late 19th century, a particularly high Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 100 oil paintings by 37 mostly Impressionist painters have already wowed crowds and critics in both London and Boston.
The exhibit ranges from portraits to cityscapes to glimpses into the studio life. Cassatt's severe and pensive mother makes a showing in drab black dress, a prim contrast to Thomas Hovenden's slumped self-portrait (1875). But the star of the show is John Singer Sargent's notorious Madame X (1884), herself an American transplant who moved to Paris as a child, and who, like her expat painter, would always be an outsider in her adopted city.