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Intimacy and Motherhood

This dark print shows a barefoot young girl dressed in a long white garment with an infant strapped to her back.
David Alfaro Siqueiros
Child Mother
1940 – 1958
lithograph | paper
Museum Purchase
1958/1.111
Rip in paper repaired at lower center. Possible that paper was cut into rectangle from rondo shape. Some lines apper inscized; possibly used as a cartoon (?). Paper size: lh 17 7/10cm & rh 17 4/5cm x tw 15 9/10cm &bw 16cm.
Girlamo Parmigianno
Mother and Baby
brown chalk and brushed white tempera | beige laid paper
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.
2008/2.448
Woman and son on a bus, both holding onto the seat. Woman is facing the camera, boy is facing his mother.
Louis Stettner
On a Westside Bus, Manhattan, NYC (Mother and Son on Bus)
1976 – 1980
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2012/2.156
This print shows a young boy, nearly in profile, kissing another figure with feminine lips.
Dotty Attie
Mother's Kisses: detail of kiss
1982
lithograph, watercolor | B.F.K wove paper
Museum Purchase
1993/1.115.27
Two cubs lay beneath their mother, whose back is to the viewer, yet curves her head around to face outwards.  Her eyes are golden, and look out towards the viewer.  One cub looks up at its mother with closed eyes.  The mother's white whiskers stand out against the otherwise warm, golden tones of the painting.
Konoshima Ôkoku
Tigress and Cubs
1900 – 1949
ink and color | silk, hanging scroll
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern
1989/2.6
Clay female figure seated on a stool, holding a nursing baby. 
Maternity Figure
1945 – 1955
terracotta, white pigment |
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Pinsof
1983/2.174
Detailed image of a woman's waist. A few fingers can be seen grasping the lower portion of her breast along the top of the print.
Dotty Attie
Mother's Kisses: detail of waist and arm
1982
lithograph, watercolor | B.F.K wove paper
Museum Purchase
1993/1.115.8
Indian
South Indian (Karnatak) Female Figure of a "Mother Goddess" with Child in Her Left Arm & holding Trident in Right Hand
1600 – 1799
bronze |
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
1978/2.129
Image of a woman nursing a child.
Japanese
Mother and Child
1790s
woodblock print | paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
2015/2.140
Auguste Rodin
La Jeune Mère (The Young Mother)
1885
bronze |
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1955/1.134
This is a line drawing on white paper a ladder in the center, with the word "Mother" below it followed by the copyright symbol.
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Mother©
1981
crayon | paper
Gift of Arthur Cohen in honor of Ben and Yetta Cohen
1985/2.19
Andy Warhol
Madonna and Child
12/1980
Polacolor | photographic paper
Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
2008/2.107

The intimate relationship between a mother and her child is one that spans centuries and continents and is frequently represented in a culture's artworks. The drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures in this resource depict a combination of closeness, love, dependency, ferocity and longing. 

The first work is a lithographic print on paper in the style of Social Realism (wiki art) created by the Mexican artist, David Alfaro Siquieros. It depicts an infant with its mother who is also a child. They cling to each other and look weary of their dark, shadowy surroundings. The mother does not have any physical objects, not even shoes, yet she looks as though she would ferociously defend the child strapped to her back in a papoose. 

The next is chalk on paper from Italian master, Girlamo Parmigianno, drawn in the 1500s. 

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