Images of Mums from Around the Globe


242041-czs-2fb-307Artists, both painters and photographers, have always been fascinated with women as mothers, no matter what their culture.

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We all have a mother, whether she was known or not and our relationship to our mother is complicated. Yet the love of a mother is fierce, protective, even when that love is not perfect.

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There are hundreds of thousands of great photos and paintings which manage to capture the strength and/or the vulnerability of mothers in their art.

paul delaroche
paul delaroche

This next set of historical paintings is unusual because rather than idealize motherhood, these male artists understood the strain, the mess and the humour involved in mothering a large brood.

ferdinand georg waldmüller
ferdinand georg waldmüller
paul delaroche
paul delaroche
Amerling Friedrich von Mutter Und Kinden
Amerling Friedrich von
Mutter Und Kinden

American Mary Cassatt was one of the leading artists in the Impressionist movement of the later part of the 1800s. She painted hundreds of mothers with children which radiate with the devotion and love between mother and child.

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