Children and Their Mothers - Vicki Baer

This is a collection of artwork depicting the tender relationship between children or infants and their mothers from different cultures around the world. It includes paintings by Mary Cassatt, Mastro della tela Jeans, and Amrita Sher-gil, and a couple of photographs, as well as a sculpture by Pilipusi Novalinga.

The mother is holding her child close and kissing her. The drawing captures the child and tender mother so realistically that one might expect the child to wiggle her way out of the mother's grasp at any moment. The artist's careful use of line and pattern makes the picture appear very intimate and realistic, yet at the same time almost fragile.
A small child is sleeping in his mother's arms while she is lovingly watching him sleep. In this picture the artist used color and light to bring emphasis to the middle of the picture where the character's faces are the central focus while shadow and dark colors dominate the outer edges. Their skin appears to glow as if a spotlight were shining down on the just the mother and her child wrapped up in a tender, close moment.
In this picture, a mother is holding her child close; their faces are nearly touching. Although the picture as drawn almost entirely using scribbly lines, you can still see the expression of the faces of the characters depicted here. The child is enjoying the attention from the mother and the mother seems very happy to give it. The darker lines emphasize the mother's form, gently curved around her child's smaller form.
Two children are siting with their mother. One child sits on his mothers lap and the other beside her. The child sitting beside her mother appears to be looking off to the side at something not depicted in the picture while the mother's gaze is directed at the viewer. The small child seems to watching his sister. Shape seems to dominate this piece of art. The folds of the both the girl's and her mother's scarves form triangles, as do the mother's knees which are at the center of the picture. The mother's sleeves are the shape of a circle. Balance is achieved as the mother is the central focus of the painting, and the children are pictured diagonal from each other.
The child in this picture looks almost newborn; too tiny to really take notice of what is going on around him. However the artist captured well the mother's tender affection for her baby demonstrated by her kiss and the way she is holding him. Both the mother's and the baby's faces are the central focus of the picture. A shadow falls across them just below their faces as if to slightly hide the kiss and emphasize the way the mother is holding her child.
This sculpture captures the tender bond between mother and child very poignantly. although you cannot see the child down inside the carrier that is wrapped around both him (or her) and the mother, the expression on the mother's face, in her eyes, and the way her arms embrace her child say it all. The lines that circle around the bottom and top of the amautick draw attention to the way both the mother and child are wrapped up together and demonstrates the close bond between mother and child. The mother's hands and her eyes are the only parts of the sculpture that have color, which seems to emphasize the expressions of her care for her child. Her hands are holding her child and her eyes are looking down at him.
Two girls sit on the river bank watching their mother and sister making a wreath from flowers. The littlest girl is trying to help although she appears to be almost too short to reach. The mother's face wears an expression of patience as she takes the flowers her daughter is holding up to her. Careful use of line, shape, and pattern as well as texture are used in this work. The curved horizon line draws the viewer's attention to the center of the picture where the hill seems to bring both sides of the picture together. The mother and small child are depicted to the right just below the tree while on the left the two other daughters are shown just below a row of colorful houses. There is good use of texture demonstrated in the way the leaves and grass are painted.
In this picture, all of the subjects are dressed up and ready to go somewhere together as they are looking out of the picture at the viewer. The smallest child is sitting on his mother's back wrapped up warm and toasty in a coat. Another child holds an umbrella. Symmetrical balance is achieved in this photograph as the child holding the umbrella is to the left while the mother holding the smaller child is pictured on the right. Emphasis is drawn to the subjects themselves as the only color in the picture is the clothing they are wearing.
Here the mother (Cornelia) explains to her friend who asks to see her jewels that her children are her treasures. In the picture Cornelia is gesturing toward her two children that are walking toward her. The older child is holding the hand of the younger as if leading him to his mother. Cornelia holds the hand of the youngest child who is fascinated by her mother's friend's jewels. Cornelia is the central focus of the painting but she is extending that focus to her children in her gesture to the children to the left and by holding the hand of the child on the right. The lines of the horizontal and vertical walls intersect just behind her, again re-emphasizing her as the center of the picture. The color of her clothing also draws attention to her, as she is the one wearing the lightest color.
It appears to be late at night and a mother sits up sewing as her children sleep. One child is sleeping and the other sits up to watch her mother. Emphasis is drawn to the three characters by the color and light and shadow painted in this work. Their skin seems to glow with light and both the mother and the small child are wearing white. Shadows and dark colors dominate the outer edges of the picture.
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