The new mother signed 'Florent Willems' (lower right) oil on panel 29 1/4 x 39 1/4in (74.3 x 99.2cm)
PROVENANCE: Picard Scp, 22 September 1992, lot 172.
Florent Willems excelled in emulating the meticulous technique of the 17th and 18th century Dutch genre painters which is evident not only in the figures of this tender scene but also in the choice fabrics and delicate glassware of the elegant interior. Quite possibly the Newborn Mother is the painting L'Accouchee which Willems exhibited at the Salon of 1864. Edmond About, writing of the Salon of that year, remarked that both of the paintings that Willems exhibited, L'Accouchee and La Sortie, showed a true advance and said: "[Willems] paints well, he has good taste, he possesses a faire miraculeux..." (C. Waters and L. Hutton, Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works, 1894, p. 352).