Thiele Verlag 2013 (160 pages, fully illustrated in four colours).
“I‘ve stepped out onto the bright side of life” said the French Impressionist Berthe Morisot after the birth of her daughter Julie. From then on Julie became her favorite model. Innumerable pictures show her feeding, sleeping, playing – later on in the garden with her friends – reading. Pictures full of tenderness and love.
August Macke, Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt, Joaquín Sorolla, Marc Chagall, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Max Liebermann – many great painters have painted their children and wives. They are moving, joyful pictures full of amazement at the birth, the growing of the little ones, the changes in the woman.
Pictures of women and their children awaken memories of childhood, the soft, often forgotten center of us all. At the same time they speak to the woman who is a mother, aunt or grandmother. Thoughts about their own children spring up, about their birth, their first steps, their first words, birthdays and summer holidays at the seaside. It is always connected with intimacy, security, protection – and the greatest of all feelings: love.
A book for women who have, or are about to have, children. For women who, full of longing and love, think back to their own mother and childhood. A book to leaf through and linger, remembering that carefree time. A wonderful gift.