1871. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Read Note.
Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Artist's Mother. Whistler took three months, over the summer of 1871 to complete this portrait of Anna Matilda McNeill. In November 1891, the portrait was bought by France largely thanks to Whistler’s French friends, Duret, Mallarmé, and Roger Marx. Whistler’s most famous work became a universal symbol of motherhood, in its representation on a stamp to commemorate Mother’s Day in America in 1934