Mother and child by the sea: art to honour mothers

by | May 9, 2019 | Marine Art

Few themes in art are as enduring and inspiring as that of mother and child. Throughout the centuries, the subject has seen many iterations, either religious or secular. Its fascination to artists and humanity as a whole is not at all surprising.

Works of art depicting mothers and their children seem to touch a deep part of ourselves, bringing us back to a time when we were in the watery world of our mothers’ wombs. The cutting of the umbilical cord is only a physical event; we remain connected emotionally and perhaps spiritually as well to the one who brought us into the world.

The following paintings all speak of the greatness of the mother — her boundless and unconditional love; her courage and fortitude; and, not least important of all, her ability to provide her offsprings with emotional and spiritual nourishment.

Mother and Child on a Beach, c. 1860
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, (French, 1796–1875) / Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.” 

~ James Joyce

Mother and child on the shore, 1902
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) /
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“Paradise lies at the feet of your mother.”

~Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.)

After Bathing, 1915
Joaquín Sorolla (Spanish, 1863–1923) / Google Art Institute, from the Sorolla Museum collection

“The bearing and the training of a child is woman’s wisdom.”

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The Gale, 1883–93
Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910) / Gandalf’s Gallery on Flickr

“With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.”
Isadora Duncan

Fisher Girl of Picardy, 1889
Elizabeth Nourse (American, 1859–1938) /
Smithsonian American Art Museum

“Mothers and the sea are the sustainers of civilisation.”

~Barista Uno

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