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James McNeill Whistler
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James McNeill Whistler


But those other things—you’re right, ma’am,—there ain’t much—Robinson Crusoe and the Bible; and Handel’s Largo, we all know that; and Whistler’s Mother—those are just about as far as we go.
Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  American-born British painter and etcher best known for "Arrangement in Gray and Black: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother", but usually referred to as Whistler’s Mother
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James McNeill Whistler James Whistler Whistler’s Mother James Abbott McNeill Whistler
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Whistler’s painting The White Girl (1862) caused controversy when exhibited in London and, later, at the Salon des Refusés in Paris. The painting epitomizes his theory that art should essentially be concerned with the beautiful arrangement of colors in harmony, not with the accurate portrayal of the natural world.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_McNeil_Whistler  (retrieved 6/08)
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  • But those other things—you’re right, ma’am,—there ain’t much—Robinson Crusoe and the Bible; and Handel’s Largo, we all know that; and Whistler’s Mother—those are just about as far as we go.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • But she had known (waiting like Whistler’s Mother in the livingroom) what Luke’s irritation would lead to.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • In the 3˘ Mothers of America Issue, put out on Mother’s Day, 1934, the flowers to the lower left of Whistler’s Mother had been replaced by Venus flytrap, belladonna, poison sumac and a few others Oedipa had never seen.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
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