Portrait of a Mother and Daughter

Portrait of a Mother and Daughter

c. 1794-95

attributed to Henri-Pierre Danloux

(French, 1753-1809)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 52.7 x 44.1 x 4.5 cm (20 3/4 x 17 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.); Unframed: 44.4 x 36 cm (17 1/2 x 14 3/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.286

Description

Though flowing loose and free across her shoulders, the woman’s hair is partly bound up in a red kerchief, a tell-tale sign she is an active participant in the French Revolution. The painting also celebrates primary values of the Revolutionary period--close family bonds and, especially, the mother’s role in raising children--by depicting an intimate connection between mother and daughter.

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Oil on canvas

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