The Cradle is an oil painting produced in 1872 by French painter Berthe Morisot.
Berthe Morisot made her sister Edma modeled for her painting in 1872. The born child was Morisot’s niece. Morisot focused the day to day life activities when painting about the motherhood and the love to her children’s. In this picture, Morisot focuses on the genuine absorption of Mother’s attention even when she was sleeping, to her child well-being.
The picture shows deep meaning to mother’s gaze, bent left arm and the child arm which seems to be a mirrored image and her closed eyes. All these things were forming a diagonal line which was further noticed to viewer’s eyes by the movement of the curtain shown in the background above the child’s image. The dimensions of the paintings were 56 cm × 46 cm.