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Famous Paintings Celebrating Mother's Love
Weimi Hardware Tech. Company | Updated: May 15, 2017

Have you prepared anything special for your mother to express your gratitude towards her on the Mother's Day, which falls this Sunday? Originally, the Mother's Day was marked as a day on which the ancient Greeks paid their respects to the mother of all gods in Greece, Gaea. But the modern day's version traces its roots to the US when the Congress named every second Sunday in May as the Mother's Day in 1914.


But long before there was Mother's Day, artists have been expressing emotion to their mothers through their brushes. Let's take a look at images of mothers in art pieces.

Portraits of artists' mothers:


Thread in Mother's Hands, by Cheng Wenzheng. [Photo/]

Watercolor painter Cheng Wenzheng remembers that when he was little, he always woke up at night seeing her mother doing needle work under the dark oil lamp. A day in 2007, when he saw the scene again, Cheng picked up his brush, and created this painting. When his mother saw it, she was very happy, saying "That's me", like a child. This is maybe the best expression of love to mother.


Mother, by He Duoling [Photo/]

The painting was drawn before He Duoling's mother passed away, to record his mother's image on the canvas. He said that he couldn't communicate well with his mother emotionally, while the blood relationship and human sentiment connects them together.


Mother Sick in Bed, by Zhang Xiaoqin [Photo/]

The sketch of the painter's mother is stored deep in the drawer, and Zhang never took it out for any exhibition and contest. The painting portrays her mother in a not-so-beautiful moment, although it is the most important commemoration for her. When Zhang's mother was sick in 2005, Zhang stayed with her every day. One day when her mother fell asleep while having an intravenous drip, Zhang, realizing that her mother may leave the world anytime, drew her mother's image on her canvas.


Rembrandt's Mother, by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1631, housed at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam [Photo/]

Rembrandt drew this portrait of his mother when he was 25 years old. In this painting, an honest woman, in red velvet coat, brown scarf on head, sitting on a broken stool reads the Bible. Her wrinkles show that she had suffered in life. The woman looks silent and calm, while quite appalling.


Portraits of Mother, by Albrecht Durer, 1510-1514, housed at the Durer Art Gallery in Berlin. [Photo/]

The charcoal-made artwork was created two months before Durer's mother passed away. The lady in the portrait has a weather-worn face, and looks kind and sincere. The art piece, which shows his respect and love to his mother, is the only portrait of Durer's mother.


Portrait of Mother, by Paul Gauguin [Photo/]

Gauguin and Van Gogh all painted portraits of their mothers through photos. Gauguin painted his mother from a photo when she was young, while he exaggerated his mother's facial features for a little bit, with the lip thicker and nose wider, to highlight his mother's Spanish ancestry.


Portrait of Mother, by Vincent van Gogh [Photo/]

Van Gogh, however, thought the original black-and-white photo of his mother was too dull, so he portrayed his mother according to his memory, with the face in light green and eyes deep green.


Artist and His Mother, by Arshile Gorky [Photo/]

This painting, from US artist Arshile Gorky, portrays a photo of him and his mother. The original photo was sent to his father living in US, but it became a solace for him as his mother died shortly afterwards. Arshile modified and drew the painting again and again, as if he was not willing to admit his mother's passing away.


Portraits of Mother, by Lucian Freud [Photo/]


Portraits of Mother, by Lucian Freud [Photo/]

This is among a dozen of portraits Freud painted of his mother, and the most representative one. The white gown his mother wears reveals a sense of pureness and nobility, which shows the artist's respect to his mother.


Portraits of Mother, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres [Photo/]

In 1814, Ingres' mother went to Rome to visit him, and Ingres painted a portrait of his mother. The portrait looks lifelike, as if Ingres' mother can walk out of the canvas anytime. The love between the son and mother fuse together in the painting.

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