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An endearing portrait of a mother braiding her child’s hair in a home setting.
The frame of this work – a white canvas surrounded by inner and outer gold windows – pairs perfectly with this piece, as it acts like an open door, allowing viewers to peer inside a room, and witness this loving scene. Both mother and daughter’s gaze are not facing the viewer, and they are happily engaging their own conversation and activity, caught unaware.
At first glance, this artwork may appear simple to one’s eye. However upon further observation, what is so remarkable is the intricate detailing of the plethora of colours used in every form in this painting – from the colourful rug, the mother’s skirt, to the child’s hair and even the walls.
Another key component is the setting of this scene that allows one to get a good perspective into this home. We are presented with a view of a living room; and the open door in the background gives us a glimpse of a kitchen. Furthermore, there are many beautiful objects all around painted so very finely and carefully – including a lamp sat on a table top and placed beside a painting (which we are given a small view of), a pot and a kettle, and a coat hung up.
This 20th century oil on panel is painted by Swedish artist Gottfrid Olsson (1890 – 1979), and is in excellent vintage condition.
Size: 58 x 50 cm (including frame)