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A PORTRAIT BECOMES AN ICON
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[Times files]
James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother, 1871, oil on canvas, Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

TIMES FEATURES
Artfully maternal
By Lennie Bennett
In portraying motherhood, the arts, from posed portrait to TV cartoon, continually redefine the impact of humans' most essential love affair.
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Reddy-made memory
By Sean Daly
My mother didn't discipline via spanked fannies or "timeouts." That would have been too easy, too quick, too humane.
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A sensation in animation
By Colette Bancroft
But in the 21st century, reality TV has focused on the scary and/or incompetent mothers of Wife Swap and the nanny shows
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Understanding mother's terms
By Steve Persall, Times Film Critic
The duality of mother-daughter relationships, the antagonism and sometimes grudging affection, has never been essayed so vividly on screen as in Terms of Endearment.
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Giving 'em love
By John Fleming, Times Performing Arts Critic
Mama Rose is the ultimate stage mother.
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[Times photo: Chris Zuppa]

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IDEAS FOR MOM
 Tea for two
By Janet K. Keeler
On Mother's Day, slow down and share a pot of tea and a few nibbles with Mom.
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This year, give her more than flowers
By Wendy O'dea
Does brunch or dinner just not capture how much you appreciate everything your poor, sacrificing mother has done for you?
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OTHER COVERAGE
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