Whistler's Mother: Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1

Whistler's Mother, 1871, Whistler, Orsay Museum, Paris
Whistler's Mother, 1871, Whistler, Orsay Museum, Paris

Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, famous under its colloquial name Whistler's Mother, is an 1871 oil-on-canvas painting by American-born painter James McNeill Whistler. The painting is 56.81 by 63.94 inches (144.3 cm × 162.4 cm), displayed in a frame of Whistler's own design in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, having been bought by the French state in 1891. It is now one of the most famous works by an American artist outside the United States. It has been variously described as an American icon[1][2] and a Victorian Mona Lisa.

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