It is MOTHER’S DAY I in America. I decided to kick of a series of blogs about Women in Art – and here is a series of works i found.

Dorothea Lange “Migrant Work” 1936

Migrant Mother, 1936, Dorothea Lange

Alice Neal “Mother and Child (Nancy and Olivia) 1982\

Norah Neilson Gray “Mother and Child) 1920

Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, “Self-portrait with daughter Julie” 1786

Cindy Sherman “Mother and Child” silver print of a photo collage 1976

Mary Cassatt, “The Child’s Bath” 1893

Gertrude Kasebier “Blessed Art Thou Among Women” 1899


Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, “Mother and Daughter” 1789


Paula Mondersohn Becker “Reclining Mother and Child” 1906

Yoko Ono “My Mommy is Beautiful” 2017

Louis Bouegeous, “MAMAN” 1999

Do you have a favorite?  

Again, I am beginning a new and improved series of Women in Art.  Up next is Diane Arbus, Bourgeous and Ingrid Calame’. If you have suggestions I’d love to know!



  1. Debbie Gill

    The migrant portrait, and almost all of the old (1906 and earlier) I love but the Yoko Ono I didn’t understand and and the spider-looking thing I just did not like; could not relate to my mom. Maybe somebody’s mom, particularly in communism, but not my sweet mom.

  2. vickiemartin Post author

    i hear you! It was hard to find 10 works that were BY women, women are so under-represented in art. I included Yoko Ono’s piece because it is an interactive piece – maybe I’ll write another blog about this piece down the road to explain it. Bourgeois is known for her spiders – and the title is “MAMAN” – which is mother in French. Because I was using just the images, the story behind the piece isn’t there, but not liking the spider is also okay – that’s what art is for. Here is an excerpt about the piece (which she did in her 80’s) – and I have a blog I’l playing with about her because she was a force for a woman in the world of art. (from wikipedia) even is the story and inspiration is interesting, it does mean you have to like it!
    The sculpture picks up the theme of the arachnid that Bourgeois had first contemplated in a small ink and charcoal drawing in 1947, continuing with her 1996 sculpture Spider.[3] It alludes to the strength of Bourgeois’ mother, with metaphors of spinning, weaving, nurture and protection.[4] Her mother Josephine was a woman who repaired tapestries in her father’s textile restoration workshop in Paris.[3] –
    The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.

    — Louise Bourgeois[4]

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