Artist's Mother: Portraits of Their Mothers by History's Great Artists

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"Every genius has a mother, and often a mother is an inspiration for genius. Over the last six hundred years, artists have found ways to work their mothers into their most famous paintings. The Artist's Mother is the first ever collection of paintings by famous artists of their moms." This beautiful full-color book offers masterpieces by some of the greatest painters in history, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, Vincent van Gogh, Archibald Motley, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Arshile Gorky, Andy Warhol, and many
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Overview

"Every genius has a mother, and often a mother is an inspiration for genius. Over the last six hundred years, artists have found ways to work their mothers into their most famous paintings. The Artist's Mother is the first ever collection of paintings by famous artists of their moms." This beautiful full-color book offers masterpieces by some of the greatest painters in history, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, Vincent van Gogh, Archibald Motley, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Arshile Gorky, Andy Warhol, and many others. The portraits are accompanied by the touching, surprising, and timeless stories about each artist's relationship with his or her mother, and how each painting came to be. With an introduction by National Book Award winner Judith Thurman, The Artist's Mother is a true celebration of the mother-child bond and of the many ways in which mothers make the world a more beautiful place.
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A precarious world recuperating from the horrors of WWII and clawing for stability emerges in former BBC producer and author Moss's portrait of Britain and America in the postwar world. While today American dominance may seem an inevitable fact, Moss outlines how a crumbling Great Britain "turned over its now-faded world leadership to the United States." With great attention to historical details, Moss (Klaus Fuchs) evinces the various American motivations for accepting that position: to limit the Communist threat, which in turn would limit the need for future defense spending; to unite the disparate European nations and secure the American ideal of "free institutions"; and to maintain European markets for American goods. Moss describes the political and diplomatic give-and-take that led to the Marshall Plan, NATO and other steps that made America a world power. Very informative, this book will also entertain readers with Moss's irreverent metaphors (he compares Ernest Bevin's reluctance to become entangled in European alliances to "a commitment-phobic man on a date"). It's a timely analysis of the development of America's role in international diplomacy at a time when the world's balance of power could again shift. Photos. (Apr.)

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Journalist and historian Moss (Nineteen Weeks: America, Britain, and the Fateful Summer of 1940, 2003, etc.) examines the years 1946-49, when the United States assumed the role of world leader. The end of World War II brought about many significant questions. Would Britain remain a world power? Would the Russians, America's uneasy wartime ally, remain friendly? Would Europe, devastated in nearly every way, simply go belly up? Would Germany revert to its warlike ways? Would America return to its traditional isolationism? We know now that the answer to all these questions was a resounding "no," but at the time the contours of any new world order remained unclear. Readers deeply interested in the period should look elsewhere for detail, but Moss's nutshell version of the creation of the postwar world includes all the major events and cites all the crucial players. Though he alludes to other global episodes that played a role-Mao's assumption of power in China, the Soviet acquisition of the nuclear bomb, the fighting in Palestine between Arabs and Jews-the author focuses on Europe and the transfer of power from Britain to the United States. Moss offers a close-up view of the ravaged British economy, the war weariness of the people and the initial reluctance, then resignation, with which Britain, loath to think itself so weak, passed the baton to the Americans. Against the backdrop of the nascent Cold War, through the Marshall Plan and NATO and out of motives both humanitarian and self-interested, America inserted itself into European affairs with characteristic enthusiasm and cultural insensitivity. Moss adroitly conveys the mixture of relief, resentment, awe and dismay that this shift engendered, noting that while U.S. military, cultural and economic dominance abides, the mantle of global leadership still rests uneasily on American shoulders.A handy guide to the creation of a world order that remains, in many respects, undisturbed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594433217
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 19.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Moss is a journalist and historian, and a former BBC producer. His previous books include Nineteen Weeks: America, Britain and the Fateful Summer of 1940, Men Who Play God: The Story of the Hydrogen Bomb, and Klaus Fuchs: The Man Who Stole the Atom Bomb. Born in Britain, he was educated in New York. He returned to Britain in his twenties and lives today in London.
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