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Top Ten Gifts For Mom

A mother is one of the most significant people in a person’s life. They teach, nurture and the care for their children in a number of ways. As Mother’s Day approaches, you might be wondering what kind of gift could show that special person the appreciation you feel for them. One great idea is to provide them with a beautiful hand-painted piece of art that reflects how a mother often views their children, with innocent wonder. These are the top ten pieces that show the magic of childhood for enjoyment all year long.

Emile Claus-Children in a Landscape

Children in a Landscape is a beautiful oil reproduction originated by Emile Claus, who was a Belgian painter and is considered to be the pioneer of Belgian luminism. In 1904, he founded the society Vie et Lumiare (‘life and light’). You can see the skill and technique he uses to bring light into the serene setting of two young girls enjoying the countryside in this piece.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir-Young Girls at the Piano

Originally completed in 1892 on commission from the Musée de Luxembourg, Pierre-Auguste Renoir portrays two working-class girls, one playing the piano while her friend observes. With the artist’s expert use of spacing and detail, the viewer sees their unmistakable delight in this innocent moment. Renoir’s Young Girls at the Piano depicts a playfulness and youthful intimacy that has always been admired.

Edward Henry Potthast-Children Playing at the Seashore

Edward Potthast was a notable American Impressionist painter, strongly influenced by the French Impressionists. He is best known for his leisurely scenes of people playing on the beach. In his Children Playing at the Seashore, we see a lighthearted vision of young children guiding a small baby’s first steps in the shallow puddles left by the ocean’s waves. Potthast perfectly captures three small children playing at the seashore, with the carefree innocence of youth.

John Singer Sargent-Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

In “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,” it’s clear that Sargent carefully studied his subjects to create a vivid scene is which children are at play. This sweet portrait show the children with lit lanterns. The colors used create a sense of dusk just falling, and Sargent blends his Impressionist and Realist skills to create a scene that’s at once familiar and dreamy. It is the kind of childhood scene plucked from the imagination of young hearts.

Mary Cassatt-Breakfast in Bed

“Breakfast in Bed” by Mary Cassatt features broken brush strokes and rich colors, creating the sense that the image was captured right in that moment almost like a snapshot. The subject of a mother and child is a recurring theme in Cassatt’s work, and is part of what has made her paintings so popular over the years. Her gift for finding just the right moment for an emotional scene is amazing and brings subtle affection into any room.

Lord Frederic Leighton-Mother and Child

Lord Frederic Leighton’s Mother and Child pays tribute to Leighton’s association with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Painted in 1865, this piece depicts a comfortable Victorian interior with an ethereal mother and child tenderly interacting. It’s a peaceful scene of domestic life that will warm the hearts of any guests.

Claude Monet-Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil

The famous painting Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil was created by impressionist painter Claude Monet in 1875. Monet’s first wife Camille is depicted enjoying the beauty of the garden with a sweet child. This was done while they lived in Argenteuil near Paris, where many of his most popular landscapes were set. Although the child was not theirs, there is a sense of maternal warmth in the setting that draws the audience in.

Adrian Borda-He Gave Me the Brightest Star

He Gave Me The Brightest Star is a surrealistic illustration of innocent love by a contemporary artist Adrian Borda. He’s an inner traveler, exploring the mysterious and extremely complex subconscious world. He produced a series of these night time illumination paintings that capture the wonder of a child exploring the world. They combine the dark mystery of the unknown with the innocent curiosity children enjoy.

Edouard Manet-The Railway

Edouard Manet’s The Railway is one of the best examples of the French artist’s blend of realism and impressionism. This painting depicts a woman and her daughter in a moment of calm as they anticipate the arrival of a train. The little girl’s pretty dress gives the impression that they are celebrating a special event and will make you want to celebrate with them.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau-Cupid and Psyche as Children

For classic technique combined with a charming theme, you can’t go wrong with “Cupid and Psyche as Children” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. This beautiful painting depicts winged angels sharing an innocent and loving kiss. It is a lovely example of the sweetness within children that we all admire and the artist captures it in such perfect detail.


We here at hope this helps you to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift, but feel free to browse our site for even more options. We provide an array of different styles and tastes, so you are sure to find just the right piece for the occasion.

About the Author

Amanda graduated from the University of Kansas, where she studied English literature and got a masters degree in library sciences. She enjoys reading, cooking and playing with her nephews. Her best friend is her little dog Brady.