Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt gives us wonderful examples of individuals looking after themselves and others. In On the Balcony, a woman sits reading, totally caught up in her study even though she is surrounded by beautiful flowers. In The Garden, an older woman sits outside doing needlework; her sad yet clearly focused eyes convey that this hobby is a source of solace to her. The Bath shows a woman washing herself from a basin of water; the simple elegance of the room, conveyed through pastel colors on a cream laid paper, creates the impression of a private and sacred space. In The Child's Bath, a nanny washes her little girl's feet, a gesture of service and nurturing recognized in many spiritual traditions.
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