Above: Agnes Barton-Sabo, Freddie Mercury Mother’s Day Card.

the other day i did a Buzzfeed quiz to see how well i remembered the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody (pretty well, i might add) and i have had the line “Mama! Oooooooooh” revolving in my head ever since. perhaps appropriate as i am on the cusp of motherhood, and so doubly appropriate for my latest Imaginary Curator show. i decided to throw in some vintage photography and modern illustrations, in addition to the older and contemporary artworks.

images courtesy of Artsy, WikiArt and individual artists – linked where appropriate.

ISCA GREENFIELD-SANDERS, PIKES PEAK, 2012
ISCA GREENFIELD-SANDERS, PIKES PEAK, 2012
AMIT CABESSA, Watermelon, 2012
AMIT CABESSA, Watermelon, 2012
SALLY MICHEL, Mother and Son, 1968
SALLY MICHEL, Mother and Son, 1968
mi madre, 1967
mi madre, 1967
BERNHARD BRUNGS, Yves Saint Laurent und seine Mutter, 2014
BERNHARD BRUNGS, Yves Saint Laurent und seine Mutter, 2014
CAROLYN SWISZCZ, Whitney Lobby #2, 2011
CAROLYN SWISZCZ, Whitney Lobby #2, 2011
LOUISE BOURGEOIS, Mother and Child, 2007
LOUISE BOURGEOIS, Mother and Child, 2007
BOOTSY HOLLER, Visiting Dana & Tanya, 1967, 2011-2013
BOOTSY HOLLER, Visiting Dana & Tanya, 1967, 2011-2013
FERNANDO BOTERO ,Maternidad (Motherhood), 2010
FERNANDO BOTERO ,Maternidad (Motherhood), 2010
Bruce Couch, mom in Bangkok (kodachrome)
Bruce Couch, mom in Bangkok (kodachrome)
GUSTAV KLIMT, Family [Das Werk], 1914
GUSTAV KLIMT, Family [Das Werk], 1914
GERTRUDE KÄSEBIER, The Manger (Ideal Motherhood), 1899
GERTRUDE KÄSEBIER, The Manger (Ideal Motherhood), 1899
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Motherland,1883
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Motherland,1883
Robert Couse-Baker, Child with her baby, 1984
Robert Couse-Baker, Child with her baby, 1984
JEAN-HONORÉ FRAGONARD, The Joys of Motherhood, ca. 1754
JEAN-HONORÉ FRAGONARD, The Joys of Motherhood, ca. 1754
Alexander Cunningham, With mother on the misty Isle of Skye, July 1960.
Alexander Cunningham, With mother on the misty Isle of Skye, July 1960.
Karl Bryullov, Mother Awoken By Her Crying Child,1831
Karl Bryullov, Mother Awoken By Her Crying Child,1831
OLIVIA MAE PENDERGAST, Mother, 2015
OLIVIA MAE PENDERGAST, Mother, 2015
RINA CASTELNUOVO, Untitled (Gish Katif II), 2005
RINA CASTELNUOVO, Untitled (Gish Katif II), 2005
MARY CASSATT, Mother's Kiss, 1890-1891
MARY CASSATT, Mother’s Kiss, 1890-1891
BERTHE MORISOT, Le Berceau (The Cradle), 1872
BERTHE MORISOT, Le Berceau (The Cradle), 1872
DEANA LAWSON, Mama Goma, Gemena, DR Congo, 2014
DEANA LAWSON, Mama Goma, Gemena, DR Congo, 2014
Phoebe Wahl, Nursing mother, 2013
Phoebe Wahl, Nursing mother, 2013
ALICE NEEL, Mother and Child, ca. 1981
ALICE NEEL, Mother and Child, ca. 1981
ford madox brown, take your son, sir (unfinished)
ford madox brown, take your son, sir (unfinished)
ELIZABETH CATLETT, Mother and Child, 1993
ELIZABETH CATLETT, Mother and Child, 1993
STEVE MCCURRY, Mother and Child at Car Window, 1993
STEVE MCCURRY, Mother and Child at Car Window, 1993
S Valadon, The Abandoned Doll, 1921
S Valadon, The Abandoned Doll, 1921
Vincent van Gogh, Mother Roulin With Her Baby, 1888
Vincent van Gogh, Mother Roulin With Her Baby, 1888
FRÉDÉRIC BRENNER, The Weinfeld Family, 2009
FRÉDÉRIC BRENNER, The Weinfeld Family, 2009
Joaquín Sorolla, Mother, 1895
Joaquín Sorolla, Mother, 1895
Gale Stockwell, Parkville, Main Street, 1934
Gale Stockwell, Parkville, Main Street, 1934
ÉDOUARD VUILLARD, Motherhood (Maternité), 1896
ÉDOUARD VUILLARD, Motherhood (Maternité), 1896

6 Comments

  1. The Ford Madox Brown painting always makes my heart break a little.

  2. Cecile Blake Reply

    So many lovely pieces. That Botero sculpture is my favourite!

  3. I love how many of these depict the beauty that is breastfeeding.

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