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Maternity

CARRIÈRE, Eugène (1849 - 1906)

Maternity

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 54.8 x 73.3 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2174

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

This work is closely related to a painting exhibited in 1890 under the title Slumber and an etching of 1888 titled Realities with the magic of a dream. Carrière often repeated his favourite compositions, which represent emotional states rather than specific individuals. In 1906 a critic a commented on this quality of his work: 'It is the soul stripped of formal accidents, It is mankind hidden under the fiction of an individual personality'. Gwendoline Davies purchased this painting in 1914.

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