The Artist’s Mother by the editors of the Overlook Press (Overlook Duckworth)
Mother as muse may not be a common theme in art history books, but great painters have often paid homage to the women who raised them. In The Artist’s Mother, the editors at the Overlook Press have collected, for the first time, 36 portraits of famous artists’ mothers: Anna van Gogh taught her son Vincent to draw, and Katherine Cassatt, a Victorian matron, encouraged her daughter Mary’s bohemian lifestyle. While their offspring have long been anointed as geniuses, these women finally have their place in history too. It’s one that is much richer than oil on canvas.
— Rebecca Adler Warren
Originally published in MORE magazine, May 2009.