C onceived in 1885, La Jeune mère et l'enfant captures a tender exchange between mother and child. The maternal motif played an important role in Rodin's mature output, during which time he executed several groups of sculpture related to this subject, such as Jeune mère à la grotte. In the present sculpture, the child sits playfully on his mother's knee, and Rodin deftly captures the child’s precarious balance in bronze.
The present work was previously owned by the Austrian-American composer Frederick Loewe. Working alongside the famed lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, Loewe adapted George Bernard Shaw’s novel Pygmalion into the tony-winning musical My Fair Lady. Lerner and Loewe went on to produce successes on both stage and screen, including Camelot starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, and the oscar-winning musical film Gigi.