A very Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and grandmothers reading this today. Motherhood has been a topic of many famous paintings and sculptures throughout history.

Mothers deserve to be honoured today, and everyday throughout the year.

This post is a tribute to all our mothers!

  1. Innocence (L’innocence) - William Adolphe Bouguereau (1893)

    Bouguereau LinnocenceWilliam Adolphe Bouguereau was a popular French traditionalist and painter.

    He often used classical and mythological themes and made common use of the female form in his realistic paintings.

    His painting here entitled Innocence depicts a mother holding a lamb and her baby, both symbols of innocence.

  2. The Cradle - Berthe Morisot (1872)

    Berthe Morisot The CradleThis beautiful painting by French artist Berthe Morisot features a mother gazing at her newly born baby in a cradle.

    A white see through veil surrounds and protects the baby. The impressionist painting can be seen at Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France.

  3. Tahitian Woman and Two Children - Paul Gauguin (1901)

    tahitian woman and two childrenThis post-impressionist painting by Paul Gauguin features a Tahician woman posing with two of her children.

    Find the painting at The Art Institute of Chicago, IL.

  4. Child with Toys (Gabrielle and Jean) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1895)

    child with toysThis is a painting of Gabrielle Renard (Renoir’s wife’s cousin) and infant son Jean Renoir

    They are spending time together playing with childhood toys.

  5. The Young Mother - Mary Cassatt (1900)

    Mary Cassatt The Young MotherThis is a beautiful rendition of motherhood by American impressionist artist Mary Cassatt, and is one of many paintings she did on this theme.

    Other of her paintings with the theme of motherhood include Summertime, The Child’s Bath, Under the Horse Chestnut Tree, Maternité, Madame Meerson and Her Daughter, and Jules Being Dried by His Mother.




If you have a favorite painting about mothering, please mention it in the comments below.

If you missed our previous special posts with lists of famous paintings, please visit them at the following:

Artists who Became Famous After Death
10 Famous LOVE Paintings
10 Most Famous Paintings by Famous Artists

Thank-you to all moms and grandmothers for all you do for us each and every day of the year. We appreciate every one of you!!

We hope you have a wonderful day filled with love, family and flowers.

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