Ellas I: Estibaliz Sádaba with Mary Cassatt - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum


Ellas I: Estibaliz Sádaba with Mary Cassatt

Seated Woman with a Child in Her Arms, c.1890

With Estibaliz Sádaba, we examine the domestic and domesticating interiors in the figure of Mary Cassatt, where the structure of the home is imprinted on the bodies of both, binding their female figures to rooms indoors.


Digital project. Museum's webpage and Youtube channel

For whom:


  • Film and video
  • Digital & Multimedia


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Coordination and direction of the project: M. Victoria Antoñanzas and César Ochoa. Department of Education and Cultural Action. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Artistic direction and editing: Tamara García Iglesias
Technical and colour editing: Maialen Sarasua Oliden and Olaia Nogales
Camera: Alain García
Live sound: Iñigo Azkue
Subtitles and transcriptions: Paula Gómez and Júlia Gaitano Mendizabal
Artist: Estibaliz Sádaba

Length: 12' 01''

About the guest

Estibaliz Sádaba (Bilbao, Bizkaia, 1963)

An artist with a PhD in Art and Research from the Fine Arts Faculty of the UPV/EHU, in 1994, she co-founded the Erreakzioa-Reacción association to develop projects related to women in the art world. Her artistic practice—which encompasses painting, video and performance—integrates feminist theory and activism, which is also reflected in seminars, publications and lectures. In 2007, she participated with Erreakzioa-Reacción in the exhibition Kiss Kiss Bang Bang organised by the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum with the video The Struggle for the Liberation of Women’s Bodies.

About the artwork

Seated Woman with a Child in Her Arms

Mary Cassatt

A very young child in the arms of his mother or caregiver stares at the spectator while the woman, whose back is turned towards us, seems to be concentrated on getting ready to wash the child. The figures are monumental, perhaps to emphasise their physical contact, and they are situated in a space about which we are given little information, except for the pitcher and ewer located on the left. However, the armchair, whose seat back is in the foreground of the composition, suggests that it is a pleasant, bourgeois interior.

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