Whistler’s Mother


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Portrait of the artist’s mother, 1871, is one of the world’s most iconic paintings. American-born, James
McNeill Whistler’s instantly recognisable work has influenced modern art profoundly. Its reduced palette laid the groundwork for abstract painting, and its theme of motherhood continues to strike an emotional chord in viewers.
Whistler’s Mother uncovers this masterpiece’s complex history, offering an in-depth analysis of various elements of the painting and its production along with beautiful reproductions of comparative works.
Written by Dr Isobel Crombie, Whistler’s Mother offers a fresh perspective on a much-loved painting.