Mary Cassatt, The Banjo Lesson, 1894; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The unnaturally brightened reproduction below seems to have introduced new colors at random, obscured much of the original detail, and altered the warm, human appearance of the work as a whole. This piece is a good example of Cassatt's pastel artistry, and the modern version removes all the subtleties and the care taken in presenting the subjects as delicately and with as much emotion as possible.
Altered version of a pastel work by Mary Cassatt.
Note that a beautiful study for the authentic painting has also been preserved, and is located at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As shown below, it's a close-up view, and has sometimes been confused with the full piece that Cassatt created afterward.
Mary Cassatt, Study for The Banjo Lesson, c.1894; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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