A mother involved with the mundane duties of raising small children is not a common theme in traditional Chinese art. You will find children at play and sometimes as part of a larger painting of a palace scene, but rarely a tender moment such as captured here.
Qian Hui-an came originally from the Shanghai area. He is best known as a figure painter, particularly of beautiful women. However, he also did charming flower and landscape paintings. The Museum’s three paintings were originally mounted as pages in an album.