- Gari Melchers (American, Detroit, Michigan 1860–1932 Falmouth, Virginia)
- 1906 or 1907
- Oil on paper mounted on canvas
- 47 1/4 x 39 5/8 in. (120 x 100.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1911
- Accession Number:
Along with George Hitchcock, Melchers settled in Egmond, Holland, on the coast of the North Sea. There they joined a colony of artists painting scenes of local life, often using humble settings for scenes of contemporary piety. In this work, Christian iconography is interpreted using a composition that follows traditional mother-and-child religious paintings, yet the subject is put in a secular, modern context. The decorative style that emphasizes patterns, bright colors and paint surfaces reflects the artist's exposure to Post-Impressionism.