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★ Maternal Bond – Mother and Child in Art

Mrs A.G.M. van Ogtrop-Hanlo and Children by Schwartze

★ It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK – that day when we take the time to say ‘thank you’ for all the kissed-better cuts and scrapes, laundered clothes, home-cooked meals, and ever-loving shoulder to cry on. There’s an old saying that “God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers”, which seems a pretty neat summation of just how much they do to keep the world ticking over. So, in honour of mothers everywhere, here are some gorgeous paintings from the last 250 years which prove that although some things change, the maternal bond is eternal.

I love the intimacy of some of these pictures – particularly John Singer Sargent’s painting of ‘Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel’. You can really see the maternal bond between them, as well as the familial likeness. My personal favourite though, is the first picture in this post – the beautiful ‘Mrs. A.G.M. van Ogtrop-Hanlo and Her Five Children’ by Teresa Schwartze. I love how relaxed they all look, and the whole picture is so wonderfully harmonious in a colour palette of greys, pinks and blues. Well, that’s my pick of mothers and children in art, but what about you – is there a special painting of mother and child that’s close to your heart? Let me know in the comments, as I’d love to see them!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Much love,

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