The simplification of human figures into a decorative pattern as in this work
showing a mother and child, typified Bettie’s work of the mid-1950s. The process
of pictorial simplification is strengthened by the use of dark contour lines and
interlocking planes. Flat colour planes are articulated in such a manner that the
picture surface becomes a decorative abstracted representation. In a way this
approach reminds one of the simplified still-life works of Georges Braque.