This painting is a self-portrait of the artist, María Izquierdo. She was among the first women in Mexico to earn her living as a professional painter. María Izquierdo (Mexican 1902-1955) Maternidad signed and dated 'M. Izquierdo. 44' (upper right) oil on canvas 33½ x 27 5/8 in. (85 x 70.2 cm.) Painted in 1944.