Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928)
- HENRY SIDDONS MOWBRAY (1858-1928)
- Wife of the Artist, Amelia Mowbray, with Son, George
- Oil on canvas
- 18 x 13 inches
- Signed and dated 1909, upper right
Mowbray, like many of his American contemporaries trained in Paris, conveyed an impressionistic style saturated with elements of Neo-Classicism; this is most evident in his highly allegorical scenes of harems and mythological subjects the dominate much of his oeuvre. The present portrait, however, holds none of this imagined allegory. Rather, Wife of The Artist, Amelia Mowbray, with Son, George is a sentimental scene of the familial bond not just that of a mother and her son, but also of the father as invisible participant—the painter looking on. Mowbray’s evocative brushstrokes and a restrained, dark palette work together to create an intimate scene with all the same irresistibility of his other, more fantastical work.