Eric connects Eugène Carrière’s “The Sick Child” to Child Abuse

Here Eric presents a very moving description of child abuse as inspired by Eugène Carrière’s “The Sick Child” 1885.

The painting, ‘’The Sick Child, ’’ published in 1892, perspicuously conveys the image of maternity. In this masterpiece, we can feel a mother’s vehement love for her kid in that her child was diagnosed as a severe communicable infirmity. Not afraid that she would be infected by her ailing child, she tenaciously held her kid in her arms, wishing that her child would be emancipated from the tortures of malady. This painting, nevertheless, is no longer the placid and tranquil image of mother and child in the era replete with religious faith, but, in fact, represents the pessimism of that century. We can, too, perceive that the purpose of the painter’s using brown hue in this work is to accentuate an image of maternity exhibiting the dismal thoughts of the mother. By making use of such vivid painting skills, the creator of this drawing consummated the composition.


2 Responses to “Eric connects Eugène Carrière’s “The Sick Child” to Child Abuse”

  1. 2 Jamie
    March 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I do not see how this depicts child abuse in any way. This is a portrait of artist Eugene Carriere’s wife and their sick daughter, age 6. The child died the same year this was done.
    As a mother I look at this painting and not only see a very clear picture of what it feels like to love your child purely and completely, but also what it feels like to receive their unconditional love in return.

    Beautiful, and nothing but good in my opinion.

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