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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 55 A PICTURE’S WORTH 1000 200 WORDS

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

JAMES ABBOTT MCNEILL WHISTLER, 1871

 

James Whistler’s best-known painting demonstrates that a work of art can take on meaning and significance quite different from what its creator intended. In 1872, the Royal Academy of Art in London, England refused to exhibit Whistler’s somber creation unless he changed its title to Portrait of the Artist’s Mother. Whistler had called the work Arrangement in Grey and Black, which spoke of his original vision. For him, it wasn’t meant to be a portrait at all—it was instead a thoughtful study in composition ...

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