Maternal Affection by Adolphe Jourdan

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Maternal Affection by Adolphe Jourdan

Painting NameMaternal Affection
Painter NameAdolphe Jourdan
Size83.2 x 102.8 cm (32.76" x 3' 4.47")
Current LocationPrivate collection

Maternity has been one of the prominent subjects of the French artist Thomas Webster.  He has made various paintings relating with maternity with enough grace and respect. The subject he has chosen is the strongest relation in the world, as there no more direct touch and intimacy between any other relations. As well as motherhood could be said as the purest emotion of love, due to there is no desire to taking anything back. Philosophers always say that true love is the desire to give happiness.

The presented portrayal without any intense expressions on the faces is enough to show the affection a mother can bear for her child. She looks at her child in an enchanted way, as if she can’t look away from deriving the beauty and innocence her child is spreading around. In her hand, there is a tender flower, maybe symbolizing the tenderness of their relation. But it stays unnoticed by both. The child is looking towards us with innocent eyes and looks happy with a little bit of shy grace. This innocence makes the children adorable.

The prominence of feminine and maternal subjects in artist’s oeuvre is the fact that he was devoted towards theses sensitive aspects of human life. An infant or a little child also could be directly related with the maternity as the child would be most close to its mother than another. The security, the warmth and peacefulness the child seems to have in her mother’s lap is unrivaled by any other pleasures.


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