Museum Musing for la Fête des Mères: A Quiz

Museum Musing for la Fête des Mères: A Quiz
While we are “sheltering in place” on the other side of the pond, New York, it occurred to me that I didn’t know where our great American icon “Whistler’s Mother” might be confined. Was she still in the Louvre Abu Dhabi, where she was when I had been in Paris last January 2019? Or back in her hometown, Paris, in the Musée d’Orsay? Or maybe she was on tour? I remember seeing her for the first time in the Louvre, back in 1972. Hmmm: where is Mrs. Anna McNeill Whistler these days? Come to think of it, let’s all check our memory banks, while we wait to visit these beloved old friends sheltering among their fellow masterpiece buddies.

Lead photo credit : Whistler, James McNeill, Arrangement in Grey and Black. Public domain

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Beth S. Gersh-Nešić, Ph.D. is an art historian and the director of the New York Arts Exchange, an arts education service that offers tours and lectures in the New York tristate area. She specializes in the study of Cubism and has published on the art criticism of Apollinaire’s close friend, poet/art critic/journalist André Salmon. She teaches art history at Mercy College in Westchester, New York. She published a book with French poet/literary critic Jean-Luc Pouliquen called "Transatlantic Conversation: About Poetry and Art." Her most recent book is a translation and annotation of "Pablo Picasso, André Salmon and 'Young French Painting,'" with an introduction by Jacqueline Gojard.