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Author Walden, Sarah.

Title Whistler and his mother : an unexpected relationship : secrets of an American masterpiece / Sarah Walden
Published London : Gibson Square ; Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, 2003


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  927.5913 Whistl Wal/Wah  AVAILABLE
Description 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents The portrait as enigma -- Prelude to a masterpiece -- The moment of creation -- His mother and other women -- The portrait as patriotism --The 'mother's road to France -- Origins and influences -- Technique: aspects of insecurity -- Restoration: the elusive original
Summary "When Sarah Walden was asked to restore the painting of the 'Mother' for the Louvre she became fascinated by the crisis in the artist's life that inspired it. Few of the myths surrounding the picture and its sitter, she discovered, turned out to be true. Anna Whistler, devoted to her son Jemie, was not a stern authority figure; she defined her son's relationship with women. As Whistler was obsessively secretive about the picture, the story of its creation had to be teased from many different sources. In Whistler and His Mother Sarah Walden has done far more than capture an exceptional mother-son relationship; her detective-like findings weave biography, history and aesthetics into a seamless whole."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-237) and index
Subject Whistler, Anna Mathilda McNeill, 1804-1881.
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903 -- Family.
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903. Arrangement in gray and black, no. 1.
Painters -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2003104221
ISBN 0803248113