Okay, so I've missed Mother's Day. I nevertheless wanted to share a special category of art prints that I just adore: Mothers and Children in History. What shines through these prints is the enduring, unchanging, undeniable love of a mother for her young. Whether she is holding, rocking, reading to, cooking for, or just gazing at her youngsters, a mother's love is unmistakable. Are you a mother? If you're like me, you'll recognize yourself in the following prints.
|Georgian Era. French. One woman visiting a mother and her children.|
|Very late Regency but pre-Victorian. Notice how the little girl is wearing attire very similar to her mother's.|
|1816 (Regency Era) Artist: David Vilain This little girl's gown also mirrors the mother's in style--though not in elegance. Notice the matching hair styles.|
|1809. (Nursing) Mother and child.|
|1809. The same artist as the one above, perhaps?|
|Artist: Adolf Eberle (Grandmothers count!)|
|"Afternoon Quiet" Artist: Edward Lansom Henry|
|"A Tea Party" Artist: Thomas Webster. What mother of little girls has not overseen a tea party? :)|
|My homeschooling mother's heart loves this one. Mothers have been homeschooling forever. Artist: Bernard Pothast|
|Babysteps! (And we thought baby walkers were a modern invention.)|
|1826. Ackermann's print. The young girl's gown mimics the mother's, but with age-appropriate pantalettes.|
|Stylized, perhaps. By one of my favorite artists: Bouguereau.|
|The famous Duchess of Devonshire in a playful moment with her child.|
|Another by Bernard Pothast. Mother reading to children.|
|"Breakfast Time" Artist: Harry Bricker|
|"Good Morning, Baby" (artist: Anon.)|
|"Grace"--(What all good moms do with their children) Artist: Jeffrey T. Larson|
|One of Mary Cassatt's fabulous Mother and Child paintings. She's another of my favorite artists, and one of the more unsung masters of Impressionism.|
|"The Wet Nurse" Artist: Marguerite Gerard.|
I hope you've enjoyed them. It's nice to see that sometimes mothers have been recognized for their special role in the lives of their children--at least in works of art! Blessings for all mothers, everywhere!
Linore Rose Burkard is best known for historical regency novels with Harvest House Publishers, including Before the Season Ends, the award-winning The House in Grosvenor Square, and, The Country House Courtship.
Linore teaches workshops for writers with Greater Harvest Workshops in Ohio, is a homeschooling mother of five, and is currently working on a YA novel. Keep up with Linore by subscribing to her free newsletter atLinore@LinoreBurkard.com