What is a Mother?

If to inspire is to ‘fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something,’ then mothers are inspirational women to us all.

Carrie Mae Weems, Woman and daughter with makeup, 1990

2020 should be dubbed the “Year of the Mother.” Let me explain what may seem like a self-serving assertion. Rudyard Kippling’s humorous words come to mind during these unprecedented times: “God could not be everywhere, and therefore, he made mothers.” At times, these words do not feel so amusing, but they do bring with them a certain reality. If to inspire is to ‘fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something,’ then mothers are inspirational women to us all. It may be through kisses or through threats. Sometimes, it’s a bedtime story or the show of undivided resolve in the face of hardship. 

How does this inspiration transpire in the history of art? How did artists characterize mothers?

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Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Self-Portrait with Her Daughter, Julie, 1780-1819

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