George De Forest Brush (1855 - 1941)
Mother and Child, 1894
Bronze, cast 1913
34 x 14 x 15 inches
Inscribed along base: George de Forest Brush Sc
Mrs. W.S. Coates (Jane Brush, daughter of George de Forest Brush)
Reese Alsop (husband of Elise Coates, daughter of Jane Coates)
“Sculpture by George de Forest Brush and Others,” The New York Times, June 29, 1919.
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, New York, George de Forest Brush: Master of the American Renaissance, 1985 – 1986, pg. 77.
George de Forest Brush explored the theme of mother and child throughout his career, a subject he imbued with reverence and a natural spirituality. While numerous paintings exist of this theme, he created only one sculpture, the present Mother and Child. According to an article in the New York Times, Brush worked on the sculpture over some thirty years, which “speaks of no meaner inspiration than classic or Renaissance art.” From a plaster model, two bronzes were cast, and it is believed his son carved a marble example as well.
This sculpture is also directly related to a full-length oil painting now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.