Welcome to Art Appreciation With Bossy, a new feature here on I Am Bossy, where new feature probably means yeah this may be the last time you see it. In whatever case, come along as Bossy shares everything she knows about art, which should put you back on Facebook in approximately thirty-three seconds.
Shall we begin?
This painting is called Whistler’s Mother which everybody knows, especially if that everybody is Bossy’s Unhusband who had to answer an email from Bossy asking What is this painting again? because Bossy can’t remember things about her own mother, let alone Whistler’s.
The first thing Bossy would like to point out about this painting is that Whistler’s Mother is very old. And here Bossy isn’t talking about the painting itself from 1871, she’s referring to Whistler’s mother. Eighty-two, Bossy is guessing — although what does Bossy know, because Anne Bancroft was only thirty-five when she played Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate.
Next Bossy wants you to notice the artist’s use of black in the painting. That’s because Whistler’s mother was wearing a black floor-length dress, which is convenient because it mirrors the black floor-length drapes from Crate & Barrel which weigh down the left side of the painting.
And speaking of painting, Bossy would like to point out the cross-hatching technique particularly evident in the Benjamin Moore’s Pistachio paint color on the walls — and this cross-hatching the artist achieved by cross-hatching.
Particularly interesting about Whistler’s Mother is the painting hanging on the wall behind Whistler’s mother, which Bossy likes more than Whistler’s Mother. Or Whistler’s mother for that matter. It looks to be a serene farm landscape. Or an industrial complex maybe.
And finally, the takeaway from this very famous piece of art: Don’t forget your foot stool when posing for your son the artist who you secretly wish was your son the doctor and that’s why you’re not smiling.
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