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 a collection of paintings by famous artists of their mothers. This beautiful full-colour book offers masterpieces from some of the greatest painters in history, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Mary Cassat, James McNeill Whistler, Vincent van Gogh, Archibald Motley, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Arshile Gorsky, Andy Warhol and many more. From the most famous works to forgotten masterpieces, "The Artist's Mother" is a meticulously compiled collection encompassing the complex and heartfelt relationship between these artists and the women who nurtured them. Each stunning portrait is accompanied by the touching, surprising, and timeless story of the 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 countless ways in which mothers make the world a more beautiful place.