Top 10 Oil Paintings Of Motherhood
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.
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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.