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Title Mother's Joy
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Artz, David Adolf Constant (Dutch artist, 1837-1890)
Date 1868 (dated)
Signed yes

In this Dutch domestic scene, a mother sits on a chair to the left and watches her child, a toddler, who is seen seated on the floor to the right, playing with socks. The mother rests her head in her right hand and her right foot on a stool.

The Dutch Realist artist David Artz concentrated on painting intimate interiors, often of mothers and children, usually wearing traditional Dutch costume. When he went to study in Paris he took a trunk of Dutch clothes with him and continued to paint his models wearing these costumes.

Current Accession Number ABDAG002207
Former Accession Number 1895.1.1
Inscription front ll 'Artz 1868'
Subject everyday life; interior; figure
Measurements 65.4 x 78.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by James Walker 1895.
Principal Exhibitions Royal Scottish Academy, 1868, cat. no. 514; Aberdeen Artists Society, Aberdeen, 1873, cat. no. 41.

In 1867, the year before this painting was completed, the Aberdeen collector John Forbes White visited Paris twice and on both occasions called on David Artz. White bought one of his paintings and persuaded his friends James Walker (the first owner of this painting, who lent it to the Royal Scottish Academy exhibition in 1868) and Alexander Macdonald (the wealthy granite merchant and art collector) to do likewise. Artz himself visited Scotland in 1869, thus further cementing his already strong friendships with Scottish artists and collectors.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville




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