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Who is this woman?   

____ is one of the first great female American painters. She followed her dreams and became an artist. She was born on May 22, 1844, and lived in Europe for several years as a child.

Her family returned to the United States and, at age 16, ____ attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Four years later she decided she couldn't learn any more in Philadelphia, so her parents let her return to Europe. There she studied the techniques of the masters in Rome, Seville, Antwerp, and Paris.

____ received the chance of a lifetime in 1877 when the famous French painter, Edgar Degas, asked her to join a group of painters that included now-famous artists like Manet and Renoir. Their style of painting is called Impressionism. They used primary colors and short brush strokes in their work. They recognized ____'s kindred spirit and powerful talent and invited her to exhibit in the Impressionist art shows.

____ painted what she saw: interiors, gardens, and portraits, especially of mothers and children involved in everyday living. One of her paintings, "Young Mother and Two Children," was donated to the White House in 1954 where it hangs today.

____ never married and, in 1877, her parents and sister moved to Europe to join her. ____ devoted much of her time to them for the next 18 years to their care. ____ painted until 1914 when her failing eyesight made it impossible to continue. She died in 1926 at the age of 82.

She spent the later years of her life in Paris.

She was one of America's best painters in the 1800's and 1900's.

She refused to accept students.

Her father did not want her to become an artist.

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