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Pediatrics in Art |

MOTHER AND NURSING CHILD

JOHN RUHRAH, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(3):740. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970090170015.
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Primitive art has an interest and charm, whereas the same technic in the hands of modern sophisticated artists yields results which are unsatisfactory, as is evidenced by much of the modern art. The mother and child shown in the illustration is the work of some unknown member of the Kwakiutl tribe of Indians, who are a branch of the Wakashan stock. They are now much reduced in number and are found chiefly on Vancouver Island. Their art is rated lower than that of the Haida people, who live farther north and who are known for the excellence of the carving on their totem poles. The child is seen nursing one breast and playing with the other, while the mother seems to be taking life very seriously. If this piece of work were exhibited in a modernistic exposition the sculptor would be hailed as the founder of a new school, and

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