Maternité by Fritz Zuber-Buhler

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Maternite by Fritz Zuber-Buhler

Painting NameMaternité
Painter NameFritz Zuber-Buhler
Size61.6 x 73.7 cm (24¼" x 29.02")
TechniqueOil
MaterialCanvas
Current LocationPrivate collection

A savant painter of Switzerland Fritz Zuber-Buhler, noted for his nude and fantasized depictions of women has come up with a new and refreshing angle in his oeuvre. Though, it’s still pretty much related with feminine aspects of women.

The time of maternity being the one of the most important occasion in any lady’s life is a prominent factor to change any woman’s view and thoughts about life.  A little baby in her hands parted from her own body suddenly gives her a new vista of life as soft as the little toddler’s chicks.

These emotions and the major change in any woman’s life is being described in this portrayal. the mother sitting in center with her toddler resembles the motherly love. The two nursemaids sitting beside her are gazing the mother and child with equal love, as if the scene is reminding them their own maternity. The lady in front is almost raising her hands to have the baby in her hands. While the other one is already carrying the mother’s another toddler.

If we gaze enough, we can see a certain bonding between the toddler and the ayah. Reasons could be interpreted rationally. More often, in aristocrat families the parents gives their children to nursemaids or to the ayah. Obviously, that the child will grow up with more affection towards the ayah than its parents. That is very poor way to grow up, considering the real mother doesn’t have the highest bond with her own child.

The child longing for ayah with outstretched hand demonstrates the same thing. The child is in his mother’s lap but still longs for the ayah not knowing who his real mother is. The face of the ayah also suggests her true feelings for the child just like a mother.

Thus, the picture represents a bit complex upbringing of children in rich families. Sometimes, the child may feel the entanglement between his real mother and the ‘mother’ who truly raised him with maternal love.

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