‘Mothers and Children’ represented a distinct oeuvre of Meninsky’s painting. He consistently painted tender mother and child pictures from around 1918 through to the mid 1940s, originally inspired by the birth of his son. Meninsky was an exceptional painter of form, and the female form in particular. This painting brings together the influence over his work of a number of artists who he admired including Rodin, Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso. Works by Meninsky are today in the collections of the British Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum in London, as well as the Arts Council Collection and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.