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.
- Willem van Mieris
- A Mother Feeding her Child (The Happy Mother)
- Oil on panel
- Inscribed, center, along top of bed: W. van Mieris. Fe Anno 1707
- 56.9 × 48.4 cm (22 3/8 × 19 1/16 in.)
- Gift of Edson Keith