Google is celebrating the birth of Mary Cassatt today with a Cassatt-inspired logo (left) on its main search page. Cassatt was born on May 22, 1844 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. She died near Paris on June 14, 1926. The Google Doodle is based on Cassatt’s painting, The Child’s Bath (below), now in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
So what can a Google Doodle do? Go to google.com today and click on the logo. You go immediately to search results for mary cassatt. Select Google Images, and the first page of results includes a Cassatt image linked to Lewdness in the Loges on this site. That path drove more than 5,000 page views to blindflaneur overnight, taking the site’s total views over 150,000. The ripple effect carried another 100 readers to Shape-Shifters in the Fair Use Lab, a first for that nascent site. So, Mary, I’d buy you a beer on your birthday if you could drop by Café Mouffe!
Mary Cassatt. The Child’s Bath. 1893. Art Institute of Chicago.