Romance - Cecile Walton, 1891 - 1956 (With her children Edward and Gavril)
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Romance - Cecile Walton, 1891 - 1956 (With her children Edward and Gavril) 1920
  • Scottish Art
The title of the painting is ironic. Walton depicts herself holding up her new-born son, Edward, for intense scrutiny, whilst her elder boy, Gavril, aged 5, looks on. The image of mother and baby is usually associated with the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus but this picture, which deliberately echoes a well-known impressionist image of a prostitute - Olympia by Edouart Manet, suggests a more uneasy attitude to motherhood. The carefully placed details - petals on the floor, the apple - add to the sense of unease.

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Impressionism

An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

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Details

  • Acc. No. PG 2995
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 100.60 x 150.90 cm (framed: 109.22 x 160.02 x 7.62 cm)
  • Credit Given anonymously 1995