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A Mother Feeding her Child (The Happy Mother)

Painting of a scene in a dimly-lit, cavernous room with a bassinet and small table. A shaft of light falls on four figures: a light-skinned woman in a white head covering, a baby on her lap, a male figure at her side, and a small dog at their feet. The couple feeds the fussing baby from a bowl, smiling.
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  • Painting of a scene in a dimly-lit, cavernous room with a bassinet and small table. A shaft of light falls on four figures: a light-skinned woman in a white head covering, a baby on her lap, a male figure at her side, and a small dog at their feet. The couple feeds the fussing baby from a bowl, smiling.

Date:

1707

Artist:

Willem van Mieris
Dutch, 1662-1747

About this artwork

Willem van Mieris employed the refined, enamel-like painting technique associated with the artists of Leiden, achieving a surface that shows no obvious traces of the brush. His father, Frans van Mieris, was also a leading practitioner of this manner. Whereas Frans’s subjects were often satirical, Willem responded to the fashion for more dignified, classicizing subjects that emerged in the last decades of the 17th century. In this traditional domestic interior, Willem treated the middle-class mother and her children as rather elegant, generalized types. Paintings by the Van Mieris family and other examples of Leiden “fine painting” were much sought after by 18th century collectors.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Willem van Mieris

Title

A Mother Feeding her Child (The Happy Mother)

Origin

Holland

Date

1707

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed, center, along top of bed: W. van Mieris. Fe Anno 1707

Dimensions

56.9 × 48.4 cm (22 3/8 × 19 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edson Keith

Reference Number

1890.42

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