Mother-and-child images are of great significance in the artist’s oeuvre. With the “Reclining Mother and Child” she found a simultaneously simple and convincing compositional and formal solution: nearly filling the picture, the two bodies from a unit that gives expression to the primal and timeless fundamental bond a mother feels towards her child. The image’s monumentally archaic quality has no parallel in the German art of its time. Instead, it is the result of French influences as well as Modersohn-Becker’s occupation with antique art. Two other compositionally similar versions owned by Ludwig Roselius burned during bombing raids on the Böttcherstraße.