For all Mothers

In honour of mothers everywhere, here is the Go To Design ‘Mother and Child’ selection.

Covering lots of different styles, our mother and child art starts with Raphael’s beautiful Madonna from the Sistine Chapel.

The Sistine Madonna

The Sistine Madonna

This is where we find the ubiquitous cheeky ‘Cherubs‘ looking for all the world like they’re bored of all the attention being paid to the new baby.

One of the most popular mother and child pictures is the detail from ‘The Three Ages of Woman‘ by Gustav Klimt. This tender and decorative portrait is a bestseller in all sizes.

The Three Ages of Woman, detail

The Three Ages of Woman, detail

Just for comparison, here’s the full version. A little less attractive, I’m sure you’ll agree. Still, she’s not in bad shape for an older lady.

The Three Ages of Woman

The Three Ages of Woman

 

There are poignant mother and child portraits which tell a story. Like ‘Night with her Train of Stars‘ by Edward Robert Hughes. This is a detail of the painting showing Night as a mother rocking a baby to sleep, with angels and cherubs in attendance. Painted at a time of high infant mortality, I can’t look at this picture without tears in my eyes.

 

Night with her Train of Stars

Night with her Train of Stars

Let’s cheer ourselves up with a fantasy/comedy mother and child illustration, from Alice in Wonderland, by Sir John TennielAlice and the Duchess.

Alice and the Duchess

Alice and the Duchess

Everyone is grumpy except Alice and the Cheshire Cat. What a household!

There are also more apparently normal scenes of family life, like just hanging out in the park with the dog and the kids, by impressionist painter Berthe Morisot.

In a Park, 1876

In a Park, 1876

And chilling out in the garden, Happy as the Day is Long by Edward Johnson.

Happy as the Day is Long

Happy as the Day is Long

Finally here is a bit of a different take on a mother and child portrait, as seen through the eyes of modern artist Egon Schiele.

Mother and Child

Mother and Child

Happy Mothers’ Day!

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