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Mother and Child Oil Paintings
Motherhood is one of the holiest of virtues that humankind has excelled to. It is believed in many religions that a mother’s love is the closest to God’s love. Despite the religious clause, motherhood had always, in all societies new and old, been considered a high calling. It is a full-fledged, painstaking job that has always been free of any monetary reward for the mothers. Still they have taken great care of their children and showered unconditional love and affection on them throughout the ages.
George Washington, first president of the United States of America is reported to have said the following about his mother:
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
Famous Oil Paintings of Mother and Child
Let us celebrate the glory of maternity all around the world today; let us rejoice in the name of motherhood and the grandest gift it brings: the miracle of life. Let us honor the care-takers of the children of the earth with this list of top 10 paintings of motherhood. The list features some exquisite oil on canvas masterpieces from legendary artists such as: Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt and on the top of our list, Claude Monet.
Top Ten Oil Paintings of Motherhood
Here’s our list of top 10 oil paintings of motherhood:
1) Claude Monet’s Poppy Field in Argenteuil
Poppy Field in Argenteuil uncovers Claude Monet’s love for rich color. He finished painting it in 1873. The master artist creates a tasty contrast between the lush green of the meadows and the haunting crimson red of the wild flowers.
Monet painted this painting in the wild poppy fields right outside the suburbs of Paris at a place called Argenteuil. He has captured his wife Camille and his son Jean taking a leisurely stroll together through the grass. Both mother and son occur twice in the painting; on the bottom right (foreground) of the field and in the top right (background) as well.
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2) Gustav Klimt’s Mother and Child (or Le tre eta della donna)
This painting is a part of Gustav Klimt’s very famous series of oil paintings titled: ‘Three Ages of Woman’. Mother and child shows a naked mother holding her young child while they both are asleep. It was painted exactly after three years had passed the death of his son Otto, in the year 1905.
Klimt was more than just an expert at what he did. He was one of the pioneers of the Art Nouveau (or New Art) movement which, in the near future, became the very foundation of all modern art works. He lead the Austrian group of Art Nouveau artists called the Vienna Secession and was it’s first president. His paintings, including Mother and Child, were marked by sensual content. His subjects were mostly in the nude.
3) Mary Cassatt’s Breakfast in Bed
Mary Cassatt has to her belt this beautiful work of art dubbed: Breakfast in bed. It was created back in 1897 by the American born artist. The subjects of the painting being a mother and her child. Motherhood has been the theme to many of Cassatt’s paintings. In Breakfast in bed, the mother is holding her child in her warm, motherly embrace as the child has his eyes locked upon the breakfast lying on the mother’s bedside table.
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4) Vincent Van Gogh’s First Steps
To this day, Vincent Van Gogh’s First Steps is remembered as one of his most brilliant works. A precious atmosphere of familial unity is created employing the use of a balanced scheme of color (which is characteristic of all of his final works). The painting is a copy of a masterful painting by the great artist Jean Francois Millet.
Van Gogh finished twenty one finely crafted copies of Millet’s masterpiece while he was staying at Saint Remy’s asylum in between 1889 – 1890. The painting encloses the artist’s ultimate passion within it for Van Gogh always dreamed of having a family (a wife and son) of his own but, unfortunately, he never had one.
Have a look at Master Reproduction of ‘Woman Picking Olives’ by Vincent Van Gogh.
5) Pablo Picasso’s Maternity
Pablo Picasso, the Spanish maestro himself, painted this stunningly beautiful painting back in 1905. The subjects of the painting are a mother and her child and a deep bond between them is depicted: a beautiful mother, dressed in a bright, heavenly shade of pink, is breast feeding her newborn child.
Picasso mastered every type of painting he took up. From impressionistic depictions to surrealism et cetera, he painted with great passion and utmost creativity. Maternity is from his famous rose period and is his take on the meditative topic of motherhood.
6) Claude Monet’s Madame Monet and Her Son
Monet finished painting this marvelous piece in 1875. Madame Monet and Her Son also has ‘Woman with a Parasol’ attached to the beginning and it forms it’s actual title. His son Jean and wife Camille form the subject for this painting as well. In the movements depicted does the true beauty of this painting lie. The artwork shows the movements of Camille’s long, white-upon-azure-blue, skirt as the winds caress it. Alongside her dress, the wildflowers too are dancing to the rhythm of the winds. So does her buoyant parasol, expressing the wind’s motion.
7) Mary Cassatt’s Summertime:
Another masterful artwork of Cassatt’s proudly finds its way to our list. Summertime was painted in the summer of 1894, three years before her landmark: Breakfast in Bed. It sketches the beautiful scene of a mother and daughter sitting in a rowing boat, gazing at the ducks passing them by.
Surprisingly, Cassatt wasn’t ever a mother but, she still managed to capture through her paintings, with remarkable precision, the intimate bond between a mother and her child. She is primarily renowned because of the theme she frequently put to use in her paintings, that is, motherhood.
8) Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Woman with a Parasol and Small Child on a Sunlit Hillside
The French impressionist master of the art, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, finished this painting back in 1874. Woman with a Parasol and Small Child on a Sunlit Hillside illustrates a very natural scene: a mother lying in the meadows holding her parasol while her toddler drifts away into taller grass.
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9) Gustav Klimt’s Hope II
In Gustav Klimt’s Hope II, a pregnant woman is shown with her gaze locked right at her bulging belly. The Viennese artist finished painting this masterpiece in 1908.
Though motherhood has been a common theme for art over the ages, illustrations of pregnancy have been seldom brought to the canvas. With Hope II, Klimt too makes his second appearance on this list of ours.
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10) Vincent Van Gogh’s Pieta
Vincent Van Gough, during his stay at the Saint-Remy asylum in 1889 created Pieta. Pieta depicts the virgin Mary grieving her dead child’s (Jesus) loss. The atmosphere of lament created in this painting distinguishes it from other work’s of Van Gogh. In addition to the dark, morbid color scheme of the painting, the expressions of the subjects reflect the horror of Jesus’s crucifixion.
Centuries have past, generations have extinct, but the phenomenon of art is expanding with such flamboyant and extravagant collection of masterpieces that it is hard to ignore the fact that no matter what comes with the new era no one can ever end the excitement art world has to offer to the rest of the world. And as the tiny units are adding in to the body of art, there are tons of awe-inspiring masterpieces that cannot be forgotten, and most importantly cannot stop the influence they put on the heart of many. Here, we are going to show you few of the worlds’ most important paintings that have gained success and cherish around the world. But the following list does not mean that significant paintings are limited to these numbers only as there are plenty of more masterpieces that one can add. It is a never-ending list; everyone has their own sighting and we are showing ours here.
- American Gothic by Grant Wood
American Gothic is not just the most interesting piece of work of Grand Wood, but it is also the most recognized one among his collection, and probably the only painting from him that got a whooping success right after it was first displayed in the Art Institute of Chicago in the year of 1930. Media got their eyes on this masterpiece and within a short period of time it became the talk of the town. Nonetheless, it is believed that Wood created this painting to mock the subjected oppression set on the Midwestern Americans, who thrived hard at that time for their rights. Hence, it became the most eminent political painting that reflected the ongoing depression by portraying a farmer with his unmarried daughter outside the white house.
Vincent van Gogh is a name that has given so much light to the world art that it is something which cannot be gone unnoticed when one hears it. The saddest part about van Gogh’s life is that he died without taking the pleasure of fame and success. All his life he thought he was a failure, since nobody would ever dare to buy his art. It was only after his death that people recognized what a piece of diamond his art collection was for the world.
Vincent van Gogh was born in the year of 1853 in Netherlands only a year later when his older brother, who was also named as Vincent, died right after his birth. Some of the biographers say that van Gogh was mentally stressed and it killed him to think that he was a mare replacement of his older brother. It is highlighted in some of his biographies that Vincent was also lacked self-confidence due to the same reason.
His father and his grandfather, both were ministers. His father was a pastor in a church; hence most of Vincent early life was quite religious and cultured. Whereas his younger brother and two of his uncles were a part of art world as they used to deal with art and this is among the reasons why Vincent chose art as his career. Although there were many jobs that Vincent did before officially connecting to the art world, but unfortunately all of his life enclosed deep emotions, failures, and poverty, as he also mentioned this in one of his letters to his brother Theo;
“As for me, I am rather often uneasy in my mind, because I think that my life has not been calm enough; all those bitter disappointments, adversities, changes keep me from developing fully and naturally in my artistic career.”
His poignancy and depression can be easily seen in his early paintings, which were filled with dark colors and somber situations. The first ever painting of Vincent that gained a little fame was “The Potato Eaters”, in which he showed hardworking poor family eating potatoes in their dinner. In his early works, he used charcoals and pencils rather than oil paints. Black, brown, and other dark colors were his favorites.
Vincent Letters to Theo
Since Vincent was not eminent in his life, the historians had created his biography mostly from Vincent letters to his beloved younger brother Theo, who was an art dealer in Paris and supported Vincent in almost every harsh step of life. Whatever was happening in Vincent’s life, he always took out time to tell his brother about the ongoing hustles. Theo, on the other hand was said to be the only person who actually helped and encouraged Vincent in taking up art as his core career. Although, unfortunately Theo did try hard to sale Vincent’s painting and also tried to introduce him among his fellow art dealers, but all went down the drain.
Time in Paris and France
In the year of 1886, Vincent van Gogh moved to Paris as his brother wrote to him about how welcoming Paris was for artists. Theo also informed Vincent about Impressionism being the most practiced art of one of those days in his letters. This lighted up a hope and Vincent came to Paris to learn about this particular style, and it was only a matter of time when he mastered it.
This was the time when Vincent committed his self even more deeply to art. He would go down the street of Paris and paint people and café there. He used to bring up bright colors in his paintings and tried picturing every catching scenario into his paintings. Often days went by, when Vincent indulged himself into art too much that he wouldn’t even care to eat anything.
It was 1888, when Vincent finally moved to France. By that time, his commitment with bright colors heated up even more and he began to add more vibrant themes into his paintings. His emotions and feelings over flown and grew stronger with time. In France, he painted most of art collection; sometimes he would complete a whole master piece in a day. One of the reasons why Vincent came to France was to meet Paul Gauguin.
The ear-cutting incident
During his stay in France, Vincent rented out a little house and immensely involved in to his work. He decided to invite Paul Gauguin, who was one of the famous painters at that time, but unfortunately some strange and unknown argument broke up between these two artists that stirred up a fight and Gauguin left Vincent pondering alone. The incident put such a huge impact on van Gogh that he felt infuriated and later cut off a part from his left ear with a razor in depression. After sometimes, he wrapped up that part and gifted it to an unknown woman.
Vincent van Gogh couldn’t take much care of his health; that was the reason which took him to a mental hospital in 1889. There, he worked on his masterpiece “Starry Night”, which is the mostly recognized work from his collection. But even the amazing painting didn’t stop his worsening condition. Finally, in July, 1890 he died due to the rotten wound in his the chest.