A word about artwork
I have specifically made it a point to chose paintings whose subjects are peasants. This is for several reasons. Jesus Himself was poor and offered His Kingdom to all, regardless of their worldly status.
Secondly, those who follow a cloister-inspired contemplative life are often called to follow the path of poverty in solidarity with the world's poor, thus uniting their own vocation with the sacrifices and offerings of the Religious who are called to Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience.
It is my hope that these images serve to draw you deeper into your own "call within a call."
I am a traditionalist at heart. When choosing the artwork for The Mother's Cloister I felt called to share images that evoke a particular way of life. One that is more simple, more rhythmic, more modest, more prayerful.
I do not believe that times past are necessarily better than our current times. However, perhaps we have abandoned many customs and traditions of the past which were not only beautiful and enriching, but served an important purpose.
These lovely images might encourage you to bring back some of these time-tested, old-fashioned, traditional practices.
I did my absolute best to only chose paintings that were available in the Public Domain. I am very sensitive to the rights of artists and I do not want to infringe on any artistic copyrights.
Because of the nature of the internet, it is possible that an image which I found as belonging to the Public Domain is not actually so. Should you notice any errors in this regard, please contact me using the Contact Form and let me know.
I included all Artist and Title information for each painting for your own personal reference. Perhaps you will fall in love with them as I did.
Header image: Woman Pushing a Wheelbarrow, Eragny by Camille PIssarro Left image: Peasant Woman pouring Milk by Jean-François Millet Center image: The Shepherdess Seated on a Rock (The Knitter) - Jean-François Millet Right image: The Reading Lesson by Léon Augustin Lhermitte