Pablo Picasso

Mère et enfant [Mother and Child] (1902)

About this artwork

This work was painted during what is commonly known as Picasso's 'Blue Period'. The artist was greatly affected by the suicide of a close friend in 1901, and subsequently produced a series of paintings in melancholy blue tones. The painting was also influenced by Picasso's regular visits to a women's prison-hospital in Paris. The misery of those women, many of whom had babies or young children, seems to have struck a chord with the artist. The pose of the figure in this painting, with her face turned away from the viewer, suggests her suffering and shame. This was the first painting by Picasso to enter the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

  • title: Mère et enfant [Mother and Child]
  • accession number: GMA 967
  • artist: Pablo PicassoFrench (1881 - 1973)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art One(On Display)
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Children
  • date created: 1902
  • measurements: 40.50 x 33.00 cm (framed: 58.90 x 51.20 x 8.20 cm)
  • credit line: Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind 1960
  • copyright: © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016.
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

The son of an artist, Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, and studied at art school in Barcelona. He visited Paris in 1900 and after several extended stays settled there in 1904. Picasso was a hugely prolific and highly influential artist who worked in numerous styles throughout his life. However, it is probably for his cubist paintings that he is known. Their revolutionary treatment of subject matter, whether still life or portrait, is instantly recognisable as being by Picasso. The Gallery of Modern Art has a small, but choice collection of Picasso's work, including a 'Blue Period' painting, a cubist collage, two still life paintings, two drawings, several prints and some notable loans.