Meet Whistler’s Mother at the National Gallery of Victoria

For the first time in history, one of the most famous pieces of artwork the world has known, Portrait of the artist’s mother, 1871 by James McNeill Whistler – more casually known as Whistler’s Mother – is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

It’s on loan from the Muse?e d’Orsay in Paris and is in association with Art Exhibitions Australia, Whistler’s Mother, which will explore this complex work from multiple perspectives to reveal the artist, the sitter, and the work’s immense artistic, social and historical impact.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘Alongside da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Munch’s The scream sits Whistler’s Portrait of the artist’s mother as one of a handful of artworks which enjoy universal recognition and admiration. We are grateful to the Muse?e d’Orsay for loaning us this most treasured item as part of a cultural exchange between the two institutions which will see the NGV’s renowned painting, Pierre Bonnard’s Siesta (La Sieste), 1900, loaned in return.’

See more at the NGV’s website.






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