Mutter und Tochter
North America, American, Alabama
90 in. x 48 in. x 2 in. (228.6 cm x 121.92 cm x 5.08 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on linen
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase and Gift of Ellie and Fred Ernst and Babette L. and Charles H. Wampold and Museum Docents
Currently On View
The artist Gary Chapman defines the "attractiveness" of the mother in "Mutter und Tochter" as based upon his personal experience of powerful, confident women. It his belief that mothers need to be strong role models for their daughters as women continue to strive for full social equality. This mother embodies the idea of physical strength, as it is portrayed in her defined musculature, and her confident pose. He further transforms the mother and her child by placing them within the association-laden format of a Baroque altarpiece, complete with the equivalent of divine illumination pouring down on the mother and child from beyond the painting. Thus he presents the mother as a figure both worthy of admiration and blessed by light and its correlative, goodness.
American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 108, p. 248.