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Whistler's Mother An American Icon

ISBN-10: 0853318565
ISBN-13: 9780853318569
Edition: 2003
List price: $55.00
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Description: In 1871 James McNeill Whistler painted the famous portrait of his mother, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother. It enjoyed a colourful history: threatened by rejection at the Royal Academy, pawned by the artist, bought by  More...

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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 6/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

In 1871 James McNeill Whistler painted the famous portrait of his mother, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother. It enjoyed a colourful history: threatened by rejection at the Royal Academy, pawned by the artist, bought by the Muse du Luxembourg in Paris, it now hangs in the Muse d'Orsay, Paris. Through exhibitions, publications and caricatures, it has become one of the most familiar images of the century, and a great American icon.This illustrated volume looks at the genesis and history of the portrait, and examines the relationship between mother and son that inspired the painting. It explores the growth of Whistler's 'Mother' as a potent image, its appearance inspiring mass pilgrimages and adulation, and looks more broadly at the portrait of the artist's mother as a productive source of artistic inspiration following Whistler.Whistler's Mother: An American Icon is being published to coincide with the centenary of Whistler's death in 2003, which will be marked by a range of exhibitions internationally.

Contents
Introduction
Anna Matilda Whistler: a life
The painting of Whistler's Mother
The selling of Whistler's Mother
Pleasant dreams: Whistler's Mother on tour in America, 1932-4
A chance meeting of Whistler and Freud? Artists and their mothers in modern times
The face that launched a thousand images: Whistler's Mother and popular culture
Bibliography
Index

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