Whistler’s Mother, official title Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, is one of the most famous paintings in American art. It is an oil on canvas painting that depicts the painters mother sitting on a chair. It gained fame in the United States at the Chicago World’s Fair and became a symbol of motherhood and family values. It is currently owned and displayed by the Musée d’Orsay, which is a museum in Paris. It has toured worldwide on occasion, and sometimes appears in America for a short public viewing. If you have ever wondered who painted this iconic painting, keep reading to find out.
Who painted Whistler’s Mother?
Whistler’s Mother was painted in London by American born painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler in 1871. It is thought that Whistler decided to paint his mother after his chosen model failed to come. At first she stood for the portrait, but she quickly became tired and took the now famous sitting pose.
The painting wasn’t well received initially and it was rejected by The Royal Academy. Eventually they accepted it, with the encouragement of Sir William Boxall, but they decided not to place it in a prominent lactation. The initial public reaction was also unfavorable.
Did you know?
The frame of the painting was also designed by James McNeill Whistler and the painting is still exhibited in this frame to this day.