A Tribute to Mother’s Day
Four Artists who depicted their mother in their work.
Maya Angelou- 1928-2014
Angelou was an acclaimed poet, storyteller, singer and activist. Her message usually centers around that mankind is more alike than different. One of her 36 books, written over her lifetime, was titled, “Mom & Me & Mom”. In this book she examines a complicated relationship with her mother.
Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun- 18th Century
Brun was famous for depicting the evolution of French society . She was inspired by the Madonna paintings of High Renaissance. She painted two works with the same title, “Self-Portrait with Her Daughter”. Brun used herself and her daughter, Julie as the subject for these two paintings. In one painting she painted herself smiling and open mouthed, which was controversial at that time.
Mary Cassatt- 1889
Cassatt was an impressionist painter who painted a portrait of her ailing mother. She was not a mother herself, but she depicted mothers and their children in every day life settings. Cassatt’s parents moved in with her and her mother became her new subject.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler- 1834-1903
The painting done by Whistler called, “Whistler’s Mother” is considered a happy accident. First of all, the story goes that his mother, Anna McNeill Whistler volunteered to pose for the portrait only because his model did not show up. He intended to do a study in grey and black and thought the subject posing was not important. But, the public viewed the subject as being very important and re-named the painting, “Whistler’s Mother”.
My Mom, Alice Ann. She is a tiny 5″ tall woman weighing only 94 lbs. She has been a power house all of her life, full of energy and a voracious appetite for learning new things. She raised 3 children and worked full time while doing it. She worked to put my dad through Law School and took care of all three of us. When she retired from her Supervisor job at A.T.&T. at the age of 50, she went on to become a Travel Agent, a Real Estate Agent, and had her own little antique shop, (not all at the same time), and traveled. These were lifelong dreams for her and she dabbled in them all for short periods of time. After my dad died, she did Tai Chi, Ball Room dancing, volunteered at her local library and traveled some more. She has been to most of the European countries.
Alice in now 83 years old and has finally slowed down. She has a new Chihuahua named Winston and has had a lot of health issues in the past several years. I miss the dynamic power house that she used to be, but now that she has slowed down, we have become closer. I have been her caregiver several times during her serious illnesses, and we have spent a lot of time together. I would not give up this time that I have spent with her for anything.
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