The Top Ten Paintings for Mother’s Day 2016
Online gallery of handmade oil paintings overstockArt.com has released the 2016 edition of their list of the top ten artworks for Mother’s Day. The list combines the curatorial influence of their staff along with a detailed traffic analysis to see just which pieces are trending picks for mom this year.
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1. Le tre eta della donna (Mother and Child), Gustav Klimt. An avant-garde artist and trendsetter in his own right, Klimt shows the nurturing love of a mother and child. With vibrant colors and bold, graphic patterning, this work positively blossoms into an eye-catching masterpiece.
2. Poppy Field in Argenteuil, Claude Monet. One of the world’s most beloved painters, Monet portrayed here his wife and child amidst a flowering rural field on a lovely day. The warmth of the sunshine, lush wildflowers, and natural setting make this famous painting a bright and endearing addition to any wall.
3. The Monet Family in the Garden, Édouard Manet. Claude Monet joins his wife and child, both seen in the previous painting, for a leisurely depiction by his friend and fellow Impressionist Manet. Interestingly, Auguste Renoir was there as well in the Monet’s garden in Argenteuil and painted a similar composition to this one which now hangs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The lounging family, enveloped by nature’s beauty, lends this painting a comfortable and loving atmosphere.
4. At the Beach, Edward Henry Potthast. This American Impressionist’s late career and most famous work centered around peaceful scenes of families at play. Whether in Central Park just outside of his New York City studio, along the shores of Long Island, or during summer vacations on the New England coast, his vivacious paintings capture the attentive care of active families.
5. Tulips in a Vase, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Flowers have been a staple of Mother’s Day gift giving since time immemorial. Unfortunately, even those wonderful bouquet withers and fades, leaving one’s beloved mother with only a vase. This painting by Impressionist maestro Auguste Renoir will be equally beautiful for years to come, serving as a joyful reminder of your loving affection.
6. Madame Monet & Her Son, Claude Monet. Originally painted in 1875, the gentle breeze and glowing atmosphere of this scene are expertly captured by Monet’s practiced hand. The bright setting and natural purity with which the artist rendered his wife and son make this picture a real treat.
7. Mother and Child, Frederic Leighton. This artist saw great success in creating stunning images with classical and biblical themes, with a remarkably realistic style. Many scenes are rich in both detail and extravagance but he’s careful not to sacrifice the intimate personal nature of his human subjects. This fleeting moment shared between a mother and her child is just the kind of simple pleasure that can’t be matched.
8. Maternal Caress, Mary Cassatt. Cassatt was the only American artist to be truly entrenched in the Impressionist circle, having moved to France and befriended some of its leading artists. Images of mother-child pairs were among her specialties and this one is a fine example. By using an over-the-shoulder view, the painting feels more intimate. At once we can feel not only the mother’s love for her child but also identify with the unquestioning trust and admiration of the child in her mother.
9. Vase with Red Poppies, Vincent van Gogh. This piece stands out among artistic legend Vincent van Gogh’s extensive catalog of floral still life paintings. The stunningly vivid crimson hue of the poppies really pops when set on the cool blue-gray of the background. Such a beautiful bouquet will be a pleasant surprise for any mom.
10. Young Girls at the Piano, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. While Monet and other Impressionists spent more time on landscapes and still life, Renoir loved to paint people. Here can be seen one of a three-part series he made of the same subject, featuring subtle variations in light and tone. The girls, possibly sisters, are focused and attentive in their act of creative learning.
By analyzing the interests and patterns of millions of visitors, overstockArt.com has learned just which magnificent artworks shoppers are looking to pick up for mom this year.
“We love sharing our unique insights with the art world.” said David Sasson, CEO of overstockArt.com, “The relationship between a mother and her child has been the subject of some of the greatest artists in history. We love sharing with the world our passion for art. This is but one part of our duty to the art world which we love being a part of.”
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