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A Young Mother

Artist
Bessie Potter Vonnoh, American, 1872–1955
Date
1896
Material
Bronze
Designed in
Chicago, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Cast in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Metalwork, sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 335
Dimensions
14 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 15 1/2 in. (36.2 x 31.1 x 39.4 cm)
Credit Line
Given in memory of Henry B. Pflager from his friends and wife, Katherine King Pflager, by exchange
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
134:1985
NOTES
Although there is a convincing sense of the female body in this sculpture, the abundant fabric serves to soften the form emotionally. The mother’s facial features are simplified, but her tender gaze upon her child conveys the intimacy of their relationship. Bessie Potter Vonnoh was well known for her small bronze sculptures of everyday subjects. The Young Mother is considered one of the most sensitive studies of the mother and child theme in American sculpture.
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