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Iconic Whistler's Mother On Display At The Clark

Jim Levulis
Whistler's Mother hanging at The Clark Art Institute

An iconic 19th century American painting that remains one of art’s most famous works will be on view July 4th at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.James McNeill Whistler’s most famous painting known today as Whistler’s Mother is an 1871 portrait of the woman born as Anna Matilda McNeill. Curator Jay Clarke says the image became an American icon while on a cross-country tour during the 1930s.

“America was in such difficult circumstances at the time with the stock market crash and the Great Depression that she really served as an emblem of motherhood,” said Clarke.

The exhibition runs till September 27th. An exhibit of nearly 50 Van Gogh works is on display until September 13th.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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