Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day


to my mom, to your mom,
to you and to me.

I know you have seen this painting in a variety of forms, probably hundreds of times. Reproduced not only as a print, but on mugs and postcards and magnets. It is one of those images that is so ubiquitous it runs the risk of being looked upon as trite or cliché. To see it in person though, as I have recently, is to have an entirely different experience with it. To see it in person is to understand why it would become one of our most enduring images of mother and child. It is gorgeous and glowing, simple yet profound; quietly speaking volumes about a perfect moment in an ordinary day. I wish you all such an ordinary moment on this perfectly beautiful spring day.

"Breakfast in Bed", 1897, by Mary Cassatt is on permanent display in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries at The Huntington Library.

8 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Mary Cassatt was so masterful at depicting the beauty of motherhood. How fortunate you were to see this one in person!

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I found your blog on Cote de Texas, and I've been reading some of your older posts. I've subscribed and signed up to be a follower, and I"m looking forward to seeing what you do next! I'd love for you to stop by my blog and let me know you're there. I look forward to getting to know you better through your beautiful blog...love the picture frames in your last post. Great ideas.

the gardeners cottage said...

hi tracy,

did you see this at the huntington? thanks for sharing and happy mother's day to you also.

~janet

Kathysue said...

Have a wonderful MOthers day!Kathysue

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Beautiful painting for all the beautiful mother's.

Enjoy your day!!!

Struggler said...

Happy Mother's Day!!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Happy Mother's Day !

Tracy F. said...

This has always been one of my favorite paintings. It's perfect for a Mother's Day post! Hope your day was wonderful.