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Mother and Her Family in the Country

A work made of pen and black ink, and brush and black and gray wash, with watercolor and traces of white gouache, over graphite, on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink, and brush and black and gray wash, with watercolor and traces of white gouache, over graphite, on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1806/07

Artist:

Henry Fuseli
Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825

About this artwork

Notwithstanding its ostensibly domestic theme, there is something slightly sinister in Fuseli’s rendering of a mother and her family, a study for a painting. The younger woman dangles a butterfly above the infant as if it were a toy, her menacing hairpin in frightening proximity to both insect and child. The seated woman presents the infant as if he were a sacrificial offering, and the fetishistic attention Fuseli pays to hair and dress strikes a disarmingly discordant note.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henry Fuseli

Title

Mother and Her Family in the Country

Place

Switzerland (Artist's nationality)

Date

1806–1807

Medium

Pen and black ink, and brush and black and gray wash, with watercolor and traces of white gouache, over graphite, on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

45.7 × 31.1 cm (18 × 12 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Margaret Day Blake Purchase Fund income

Reference Number

1977.310

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