Motherhood in Art: 5 Pieces

12th May 2024

Creativity isn’t limited to interior design – it’s everywhere. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating all the incredible mothers and women who inspire our lives to be better and brighter. Mothers, much like artists, infuse life with love, creativity, and attention to detail. Let’s explore motherhood through the eyes of art.

A Genoese Lady with Her Child

By Anthony van Dyck, 1599–1641

Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish Baroque painter renowned for his skillful portraitures. Van Dyck’s mastery lies in his ability to convey emotion through subtle details, and this painting is no exception. The warmth in her face and the delicate way in which the mother’s hand was drawn conveys deep affection for her child. The special bond between mother and child is further expressed with the youngster adorably reaching upward.

Self-Portrait with Her Daughter, Julie

By Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1789

At a time when female painters were less well-respected, Louise Vigée Le Brun’ was a true trendsetter. In her Paris Salon debut, she showed something rarely depicted in art before: teeth. With delicate brushstrokes, a soft smile and a heartwarming embrace, Vigée Le Brun captures the tenderness and vulnerability of motherhood. Arms gently encircling her daughter demonstrates a protective and affectionate bond; Julie’s trust in her mother is evident as she leans into her embrace. 

Young Mother Sewing

By Mary Cassatt, 1900

Mary Cassatt was a skilled impressionist, often showcasing maternal moments. This painting captures a simple and colorful moment, celebrating the quiet beauty of everyday life. The mother embodies both determination and tenderness, balancing the demands of motherhood with her own pursuits. The symbolism of sewing could be a nod towards the universal experience of nurturing, of stitching together the fabric of family life.


By Pablo Picasso, 1905

The simplistic nature of the scene is what lends to its power. Picasso painted a glimpse into the profound connection between mom and child. Her arms form a caring and protective cocoon. The loving embrace combined with the subdued colors evokes tenderness; the mother’s gaze remains on her the baby, seemingly unaware or unfazed by anyone else. She’s immersed in the moment.

Mother and Child

By Gustav Klimt, 1905

The painting features a detailed section with mother and young child, depicted below, and a larger composition titled “The Three Ages of Woman,” which includes an elderly lady, suggesting the various stages of womanhood. Klimt placed an emphasis on facial expressions and body language. The child’s contentment personifies innocence, and the cozy hug depicts the mother’s unwavering devotion to protect and love the child.


Isn’t the portrayal of motherhood in art fascinating? Every brushstroke of an artist tells a story, just as every design does in Redecor. When first thinking about it, motherhood and art may not seem like they have a lot in common. However, they both involve patience and creativity and are important in making a house feel like a home. 

Which of these artworks would you want as the next Redecor Masterpiece? Head to our Facebook Community Group to share your thoughts! 

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