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Jo, La Belle Irlandaise  1866

by Gustave Courbet

The "beautiful Irishwoman" depicted in this painting is Joanna Hiffernan (born 1842/43), mistress and model of the artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), and perhaps subsequently Courbet’s lover. Although dated 1866, the picture was likely undertaken in 1865, when the two men painted together at the French seaside resort of Trouville; Courbet wrote of "the beauty of a ...
22 x 26 in. (55.9 x 66 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art