Profile: Donald E Sutherland

Distinguished Professor of History

Daniel E. Sutherland is Distinguished Professor of History, University of Arkansas. The recipient of more than fifty awards, honors, and grants, he is best known for his acclaimed series of books chronicling nineteenth-century America. The most recent of his fifteen books include A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) and a biography of James McNeill Whistler, Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake (Yale University Press, 2014). He is currently at work on a biography of Anna Whistler, better known as 'Whistler's Mother.'

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Extraordinary Life of Whistler’s Mother

Many are familiar with James McNeill Whistler’s portrait of his mother – officially titled Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1 – which is being exhibited this summer, starting July 4, at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Given the picture’s iconic status as a symbol of motherhood, many also believe that they can guess the character, personality and life experiences of the quiet, seemingly frail, little woman sitting in that chair. You might opine that she led an isolated or sheltered life, or spent her days baking cookies. But you’d be wrong.

Category: Arts

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