The woman in this painting is said to be Maris's wife Catharina Hendrika Horn, whom he married in 1867. Their first child was born in April 1868 (and died in March 1869).

This work was painted when Maris was living in Paris. The woman's right breast was originally uncovered and was painted over later, probably not by Maris. A pencil study for the picture, squared for transfer, was in the possession of the Maris family in about 1908.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1837 - 1899
Full title
A Young Woman nursing a Baby
Date made
1868
Medium and support
Oil on mahogany
Dimensions
29.1 x 22.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by J.C.J. Drucker, 1910
Inventory number
NG2709
Location in Gallery