Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother

Painter: James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Year: 1871

This painting is so much more than a Mr. Bean plot point or an Arrested Development episode title. Alternatively referred to as an American icon or the “American Mona Lisa,” it is an emblem of motherhood and family values. Eschewing any sentimental value, Whistler pawned this painting shortly after creating it, and it eventually ended up in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.