Show Menu

Watch The Private Life of a Masterpiece online: Episode 2 James McNeill Whistler: Portrait Of The Artist's Mother

The stark portrait, mainly in greys and black, that James McNeill Whistler painted of his mother is now a picture that is widely lampooned as a portrait of a prim Victorian lady. She is shown smoking reefers, wearing trainers, having a tatoo. But Whistler's approach was revolutionary in its time, wholly departing from the Victorian tradition of sentimental narrative painting. His relationship with his mother was also an intriguing study in contrasts.

Ready to Watch The Private Life of a Masterpiece, Season 4, Episode 2?
click here to see where to watch or .