HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
WITH LOVE FROM MARY CASSATT
American Impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) is the perfect artist to celebrate motherhood and the yearly celebration of Mother’s Day. Few painters can rival her portrayals of the maternal bond, particularly the love between mother and child.
Yet, notice too the uniqueness of each work. The overall composition and the way the figures interact with each other. Sometimes we know the child’s name—Thomas or Bill—while other times, his or her identity remains anonymous.
Note also the variety of the colors and patterns Cassatt utilizes: from warm rose to a combination of blue and gray; bright orange or pure white; bold stripes and decorative backgrounds. Although skilled in oil, Cassatt worked in pastel as well (often considered her favorite medium).
Life begins with waking up and loving my mother’s face.
George Eliot (1819-1880)
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
Erich Fromm (1900-1980)
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
A mother understands what a child does not say.
A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)
Motherhood: all love begins and ends there.
Robert Browning (1812-1889)