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A Mother Feeding her Child (The Happy Mother)

Painting of a scene in a dimly-lit, cavernous room with a bassinet and small table. A shaft of light falls on four figures: a light-skinned woman in a white head covering, a baby on her lap, a male figure at her side, and a small dog at their feet. The couple feeds the fussing baby from a bowl, smiling.
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  • Painting of a scene in a dimly-lit, cavernous room with a bassinet and small table. A shaft of light falls on four figures: a light-skinned woman in a white head covering, a baby on her lap, a male figure at her side, and a small dog at their feet. The couple feeds the fussing baby from a bowl, smiling.

Date:

1707

Artist:

Willem van Mieris
Dutch, 1662-1747

About this artwork

Willem van Mieris employed the refined, enamel-like technique known as “fine painting” to achieve a surface that shows no obvious traces of brushwork. In this scene of domestic life, Van Mieris deftly picked out highlights on the cane bassinet and ceramic pitcher on the table with the tip of his brush. While painters like Gerard ter Borch and Caspar Netscher reserved this time-consuming style for rare and expensive textiles like satin and silk (see their works on view nearby), Van Mieris applied it to more commonplace materials.

Status

On View, Gallery 212

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Willem van Mieris

Title

A Mother Feeding her Child (The Happy Mother)

Origin

Holland

Date

1707

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed, center, along top of bed: W. van Mieris. Fe Anno 1707

Dimensions

56.9 × 48.4 cm (22 3/8 × 19 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edson Keith

Reference Number

1890.42

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