Woman Sitting by a Cradle

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:45095

Vincent van Gogh's ""Woman Sitting by a Cradle,"" painted in 1881, holds a unique place in his body of work. This intimate portrayal of domesticity showcases his early mastery of light and emotion. The tenderness in the woman's gaze towards the cradle and the subtle interplay of light reveal van Gogh's keen observation and empathy. Despite its departure from his later bold style, this painting unveils his ability to capture quiet moments with depth. Through delicate strokes, he transforms the mundane into a poignant reflection on maternal love, making it a treasured piece in his artistic journey.

54 cm

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Title: Vincent Van Gogh’s “”Woman Sitting by a Cradle””
Year Painted: 1885

Vincent Van Gogh’s “”Woman Sitting by a Cradle,”” painted in 1885, holds a unique and profound place within his body of work. This masterpiece is an embodiment of Van Gogh’s emotional depth and artistic evolution, showcasing his ability to capture everyday scenes with a distinct emotional resonance.

In this intimate portrayal, Van Gogh depicts a woman seated beside a cradle, gently rocking it with a tender expression. The painting exudes a sense of calm and maternal care, emphasizing the theme of motherhood and the nurturing bond between a mother and child. The woman’s absorbed gaze into the cradle, her serene posture, and the soft lighting evoke a sense of tranquility and introspection, inviting viewers to engage with the inherent tenderness of the moment.

“”Woman Sitting by a Cradle”” stands out not only for its emotional power but also for its significance in Van Gogh’s artistic journey. Painted during his early years as an artist, this work showcases his evolving style and experimentation with various techniques. The use of color, texture, and brushwork in this piece foreshadows the distinctive techniques that would later become synonymous with his artistry.

The painting also provides a glimpse into Van Gogh’s personal struggles and motivations. The subject matter reflects his fascination with capturing the human experience and his desire to infuse his work with emotional depth. This introspective approach would go on to define his later masterpieces.

The juxtaposition of the ordinary and the profound in “”Woman Sitting by a Cradle”” is what makes it an extraordinary artwork. Van Gogh’s ability to transform a simple domestic scene into a poignant representation of universal emotions is a testament to his genius. This painting encapsulates his unwavering commitment to his craft, his exploration of human connection, and his capacity to find beauty in the everyday.

As one of Van Gogh’s earlier works, “”Woman Sitting by a Cradle”” offers a glimpse into the artistic seeds that would eventually blossom into his iconic style. Its portrayal of maternal love and its role in his artistic journey make it an essential piece for understanding the depth and evolution of Vincent Van Gogh’s artistry.

Original size:
50 x 68 cm (width x height)
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40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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