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Mothers & Children

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Ahead of Mother’s Day, See Some of the Most Tender Depictions of Mothers and Children Throughout Art History

From Gustav Klimt to Alice Neel, artists have long focused on the subject of mothers.

by Caroline Goldstein & Katie White

Alice Neel, <i>Mother and Child (Nancy and Olivia)</i> (1967). Courtesy of Artnet.
Alice Neel, Mother and Child (Nancy and Olivia) (1967). Courtesy of Artnet.

There’s an old saying that goes, “If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.” Poking fun at the sometimes overbearing nature of mother figures, the maxim highlights a universal truth: that life-giving often means succumbing to a future fraught with complicated emotions and worry.

And while mothers bear this responsibility and burden with a great deal of courage, if they’re especially lucky, they may be paid back with love, affection, and gifts when their offspring grow up—or, better yet, be portrayed in a work of art for all the world to see. 

Indeed, mothers have always made wonderful subjects for artists, who have long explored the space between their roles as individuals and as caregivers. Just ahead of Mother’s Day, we’ve rounded up eight famous artworks that beautifully depict the bond between mother and child.

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Posted on May 1, 2020 by Editor

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