Offered for sale is a very unique oil painting on board featuring a young mother holding a child, set against an orchard-themed background of pears or oranges. The painting is not signed but is executed in an Impressionist manner while borrowing from classical symmetry of placement and symbolism with the often examined "mother and child" motif. This painting is attributed to English painter Thomas Edwin Mostyn (1864 - 1930).
The mother appears somewhat amused, but pensive holding her elfin-featured child. The emphasis is directly on the young woman while the child and background are painted to be of secondary importance. The mother’s beautiful profile is quite realistic, while the child is somewhat out of proportion. The line and color of her dress invite the viewer's eye upward to her face, then to follow her gaze to the child. The painting is reminiscent of some of the work executed by the Pre-Raphaelite painters, namely Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and uses some of their style such as a beautiful young woman with flowing red hair against a floral background.
The painting is in very good condition with minor cracks present to the board, not distracting from the painting and we feel better left as-is. The frame is more recent and was a custom piece chosen to complement the painting, which we date to the late 19th-early 20th centuries. The painting is stunning and would look incredible on a starkly painted wall.
Size of Frame: 31” Height by 26 ½” Width
Size of Image: 23” Height by 18 ½” Width.