Line(s) of the Day #Whistler’s Mother

Whistler's Mother

The work has become one of the most famous portraits ever made. Odd in a way for such a mute picture, dominated by black and grey. But that’s part of its appeal. It’s solemnity, which opens it up to parody and humour.  It’s also a touchingly intimate portrayal of a man’s mother, with whom he had a difficult relationship but whom he clearly loved and respected.

Art critic Tim Marlow, on ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1’, commonly known as ‘Whistler’s mother’.

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