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Painting of nursing mother wins prestigious National Portrait Gallery Award

Benjamin Sullivan's 'Breech!' (Twitter).

An artist’s portrait of his wife nursing their infant daughter has won the annual BP Portrait award, a prestigious acknowledgement from the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Benjamin Sullivan painted the portrait over the course of several weeks when his baby, Edith, was 8 months old. The work is titled Breech!, alluding to a difficult birth, but Sullivan said in a statement that the work reflects a time when “a sense of calm descended after the usual period of disarrangement that new parents face.” Sullivan’s wife Virginia is shown feeding Edith, the baby resting on her lap.

Kristy Wark, a broadcaster who was on the judging panel, said of the painting, “The woman is tired. She is in love. Her life has changed forever. We know her.”

More than 2,500 artists from 87 countries had entered this year’s competition. Sullivan was awarded £30,000 (about $38,000 USD) for his winning entry.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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