Tours at Two: Elizabeth Nourse

Elizabeth Nourse studied at the McMicken School of Design in her hometown of Cincinnati in the mid-to-late 1870s. There she met her fellow student Charles Courtney Curran, and the two became life-long friends.

In 1887, Nourse had saved enough money from the sale of her paintings to move to Paris, where she quickly achieved success for her paintings focused on women and children.

By the early 1910s, when Nourse painted Mère et bébé, she was at the peak of her career, highly respected in the Paris art community and popular with American collectors. Decades after she first embraced the theme, she continued to find inspiration in painting scenes of maternity despite never having had children herself.

Elizabeth Nourse, Mère et Bébé, ca. 1912; Oil on canvas; Gift of Susan and John Horseman in honor of Kevin Sharp, 2017.3.6


Elizabeth Nourse estudió en la McMicken School of Design en su ciudad natal de Cincinnati, a mediados y fines de la década de 1870. Allí conoció a su compañero de estudios Charles Courtney Curran, y los dos se hicieron amigos de toda la vida.

En 1887, Nourse había ahorrado suficiente dinero con la venta de sus pinturas para mudarse a París, donde logró el éxito rápidamente con sus pinturas centradas en mujeres y niños. 

A principios de la década de 1910, cuando Nourse pintó Mère et Bébé, estaba en la cima de su carrera, era muy respetada en la comunidad artística de París y popular entre los coleccionistas estadounidenses. Décadas después de haber adoptado el tema por primera vez, continuó encontrando inspiración pintando escenas de maternidad, a pesar de no haber tenido hijos

Elizabeth Nourse, Mère et Bébé, ca. 1912; Óleo sobre lienzo; Donación de Susan y John Horseman en honor de Kevin Sharp, 2017

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