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Mother and Child

Artist:
George de Forest Brush (American, Shelbyville, Tennessee 1855–1941 Hanover, New Hampshire)
Date:
1894
Medium:
Oil on wood
Dimensions:
47 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (120.7 x 74.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of J. William Middendorf II, 1968
Accession Number:
68.222.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
About 1892, Brush began a series of paintings depicting family groups which would occupy him for the next two decades. In "Mother and Child" the artist portrays his wife, Mary, holding their daughter, Nancy, accompanied by their son, Gerome. Brush's figures are well-observed and academically painted, reflecting his six years (1874-80) of training in Paris under Jean-Léon Gérôme. Contemporary critics remarked on the obvious relation of Brush's painting to Italian Renaissance depictions of the Madonna and Child but praised it as well for its universal sentiment-as a modern portrayal of the bonds between family members.

The frame was designed by Stanford White, a partner in the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White.
Signature: [at lower right]: Geo. De F. Brush / 1894
Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears, Boston, by 1905–1911; with Macbeth Gallery, New York, as agent, 1911; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1911–1966; Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf II, New York, 1966–1968
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