I will bet my morning coffee that there are a lot of you out there that do not know what was really behind the way Whistler decided to paint a portait of his own mother!! Maybe you think that he really loved the old hag and wanted to have a memorial of her that he could hand down to his children and grandchildren. Maybe he felt she was very pleasing to look at and would draw a big crowd at art shows. Or maybe he was just bored one day and his mother told him she would let him paint her if she made him some chocolate chip cookies! None of these theories hold true. No-the fact of the matter is that Whistler had already paid and set an appointment for a model to come in that day to pose for him. He waited and waited and when she didn't show up, he had a lot of paint so he asked his mother if she would pose for him. She said yes but she said she would not stand up because she was too tired from doing the dishes. In those days people stood up to do the dishes by hand-can you believe it? Well, anyway, she posed and for all eternity the portrait of Whistler's Mother has hung in art galleries and sold for a pretty penny too! What do you think would have happened if Christie Brinkley had shown up!!???