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A Young Mother

A work made of bronze.

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Modeled 1896, cast 1903


Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, 1872–1955)
Cast by Roman Bronze Works (American, founded 1897)

About this artwork

In A Young Mother, Bessie Potter Vonnoh recast a traditional subject into a modern, lively composition of a woman and child. Impressionist in finish, the sculpture’s surfaces are suggestive and earthy rather than detailed and polished. The woman’s slender features and the lines of her dressing gown evoke a contemporary sitter yet, rather than a portrait, the work offers a broader interpretation of maternal affection.

Raised and trained in Chicago, Vonnoh set up a studio in the city in the mid-1890s, garnering wide acclaim for her sculptures of female figures, whose small scale suited domestic spaces.


On View, Gallery 161


Arts of the Americas


Bessie Potter Vonnoh


A Young Mother


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Modeled 1896




No. XX


Signed and inscribed verso, on base top, incised in cast: "Bessie O. Potter No. XX / Copyright / 1903". Stamped verso, bottom-middle, on base: "ROMAN BRONZE WORKS".


34.3 × 32.4 × 39.4 cm (13 1/2 × 12 3/4 × 15 1/2 in.)

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William C. Seipp Fund

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