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Jo, the Beautiful Irish Girl  1866

by Gustave Courbet

The Irish girl in this painting is Joanna Heffernan. She modelled for the painter James Abbott MacNeill Whistler, with whom she lived. Courbet met her in Normandy in 1865 and they became very close friends. In the painting she pulls her hand through her loose, red hair, while gazing at her reflection in the mirror – a subject charged with symbolism associating to themes su...
54 x 65 cm
Oil on canvas
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