Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother
(aka "Whistler's Mother")
by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)
Portrait of artist's mother by 19th century painter James McNeil Whistler
The first artist to declare Art for Art's Sake, Whistler made his point by refusing to give his paintings conventional titles. The idea was to make the viewer take the work at face value - without being influenced by a title that might describe what the painting was supposed to represent. That's why he only ever called this painting "Arrangement in Grey and Black."
Arguably the most important American Artist of his time, Whistler had a profound impact on his contemporaries.
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