James Whistler


James Whistler


A snobbish Bostonian approached Whistler at a party one evening. “And where were you born, Mr. Whistler?” she asked. “Lowell, Massachusetts,” replied the painter. “Whatever possessed you to be born in a place like that?” exclaimed the lady. “The explanation is quite simple,” said Whistler. “I wished to be near my mother.”

Whistler’s most famous painting is “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1” (1871), commonly known as Whistler’s Mother, the revered and oft-parodied portrait of motherhood.  →


If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.

~James Whistler
Biographical Note: 

James Whistler was a U.S. painter who lived most of his life in London after 1860. Cantankerous and opinionated, he made many enemies in the art world — see his “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies.”