Come ye sons of Art

Tête-à-tête
Three Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

Norton Simon Museum

 

The woman who had the wit and genius to be born Whistler’s mother.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1
also called Portrait of the Artist's Mother
oil on canvas
1871

 

The artist, who has put on “the whole armor of God.”

Édouard Manet
Émile Zola
oil on canvas
1868

 

His purely defensive position, against an unequal adversary, “Tate-ta-Tate” as Marshal Sam McCloud of Taos, New Mexico would say.

Paul Cézanne
The Card Players
oil on canvas
1892–1896

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