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Mothers in art: Mother Whistler made it happen in the art world

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The depiction of mothers in art is usually limited to religious Madonna and child altar pieces, or mothers bath-ing babies in a domestic scene. A wo-man usually needs to be connected to some preconceived category depicting the proverbial saint or sinner. But few managed to include their mom as an artistic element in a work more shockingly than West Point dropout James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

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