Moms in the Musée d'Orsay

Mother Statue, Musée d'Orsay

This is part of Photo Safaris, a series that focuses on details found in artworks around various themes, with the aim of looking at everything differently.

In honor of Mother's Day, I spent an afternoon in the Orsay on the hunt for representations of mothers. I did not have to look far. Moms surrounded me: from symbolic figures of maternity to tender depictions of quiet moments between a mother and her child.

I especially loved the artworks that captured the joy of the relationship between moms and their kids. My favorite was a statue from 1925 by Joseph Bernard of a mother and her child dancing. The dancing mom seems to be having as much fun as her son! The playfulness of the figures reminded me of my own relationship with my mom and the joy of my childhood.

Moms, as found in the permanent collection of the Musée d'Orsay:

Mother Painting, Musée d'Orsay
Mother Hands, Musée d'Orsay
Mother Painting, Musée d'Orsay
Mother Breastfeeding, Musée d'Orsay
Mother Painting, Musée d'Orsay
Daumier Mother, Musée d'Orsay
Mother and child, Musée d'Orsay
Mother breastfeeding, Musée d'Orsay
Mother Dancing, Musée d'Orsay

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there (especially my mama)!

Musée d'Orsay

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