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Destitute Dead Mother holding her sleeping Child in Winter

One of France's leading artists of the mid-19th century, Octave Tassaert was known for his paintings of downtrodden workers, destitute mothers, suicides, and abandoned children. Viewers responded positively to his focus on issues of social injustice, as seen in this painting of a poor mother resting outdoors in the show with her baby. She is leaning against a pile of sticks, a common activity among the poor of gathering and selling small pieces for wood for burning in fireplaces or stoves.

Credit: Gift in memory of Helen Borowitz ...
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c. 1850
Oil on canvas
33.0 x 25.0cm
2013.257
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
Permanent collection