I love looking at family pictures with my elderly clients. There they are, children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren, playing with a favorite toy or eating birthday cake or even just sleeping in their mother’s arms. Below are some paintings of children from the collections at Wikimedia Commons, an amazing repository of images. Consider using the paintings to spark conversation, reminiscence, and storytelling with the elders in your life.
If you feel moved to create art yourself, you can find free, online art lessons at the Artyfactory website. You’ll also find illustrated art history timelines. Great for conversation!
Die kleinen Strickerinnen (The Little Knitters) by Swiss painter and illustrator Albert Anker, oil on panel, 1850-1900. Credit: Albert Anker [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Girls by Russian painter Alexei Harlamov (1840-1925), date unknown. Credit: Alexei Harlamov [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
The Lincoln Children by American painter Susan Waters, oil on canvas, 1845. Credit: By Susan Waters (1823-1900) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Three Children of Ratsherrn Barthold Hinrich Brockes (Portrait) by German painter Balthasar Denner, oil on canvas, 1724. Credit: Balthasar Denner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.