Readily available (not to mention affordable), artist’s mothers make for great models, so it’s no wonder so many artists since have made muses of their mums.
From portraits by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Klimt and Freud to more surreal or abstract interpretations, such as Dali’s “The Enigma of Desire, or My Mother, My Mother, My Mother, My Mother” (above), Schiele’s “Tote Mutter”, Miro’s “Seated Woman and Child (Femme assise et enfant)”,and Louise Bourgeois’ formidable “Maman”, mothers hold a special place in art history – as in history.
For better or for worse they will always be there for us – strong, unflinching, unique, complex and even difficult as those relationships may be. And so this Sunday we say thank you and Happy Mothers Day!
Don’t forget to call…
“So, what can say about this painting? Well, firstly, it’s really quite big, which is excellent. because If it were really small, you know, microscopic, then hardly anyone would be able to see it. Which would be a tremendous shame. Secondly, and I’m getting quite near the end of this… analysis…it’s a picture of Whistler’s mother…and even though Mr. Whistler was perfectly aware that his mother was a hideous old bat who looked like she’d had a cactus lodged up her backside, he stuck with her, and even took the time to paint this amazing picture of her. It’s not just a painting. It’s a picture of a mad old cow who he thought the world of. And that’s marvellous…Well that’s what I think.” ANON (if you know, you know)