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'Portrait Of The Artist's Mother' by James Whistler

'Portrait Of The Artist's Mother' by James Whistler

BBC Two
transmitted 15th May 2004

The stark portrait, mainly in greys and black, that James McNeill Whistler painted of his mother is now a picture that is widely lampooned as a portrait of a prim Victorian lady. She is shown smoking reefers, wearing trainers, having a tatoo. But Whistler's approach was revolutionary in its time, wholly departing from the Victorian tradition of sentimental narrative painting. His relationship with his mother was also an intriguing study in contrasts.

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