Whistler's Mother's Son

by Peter Cherches

            The painting known as "Whistler's Mother" gave birth to a son, a painting of the painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler. The painting of Whistler, in turn, painted a painting of its mother, the painting of Whistler's mother. This painting, the painting of the painting of Whistler's mother, painted by the painting of Whistler the painter, gave birth, but this time to a daughter, a flesh and blood daughter who turned out to be the real-life Whistler's mother. This daughter, Whistler's mother, gave birth to a son named James Abbott McNeill Whistler who immortalized her in a painting known as "Arrangement in Gray and Black Number 1."