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Gustave Courbet
Jo, La Belle Irlandaise
Oil on canvas

22 x 26 inches

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

Gustave Courbet
Jo, La Belle Irlandaise, 1865–66
Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

During his three-month stay in Trouville in 1865, Courbet attracted a following as a portraitist among the society women at this fashionable resort on the Normandy coast. He possibly encountered Joanna Hiffernan (born 1842/43), a "beautiful Irishwoman," through his acquaintance with fellow artist James McNeill Whistler, who was also working in Trouville in 1865. This image of Jo, Whistler’s mistress and model, although dated 1866, was likely painted in 1865, when Courbet wrote of "the beauty of a superb redhead whose portrait I have begun." He would paint three repetitions with minor variations.

See also:

Gustave Courbet - Collection Metropolitan Museum of Art

Essay: Gustave Courbet (1819–1877), Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Additional Information:

Gustave Courbet: Selected Biographies on Art in Context

Gustave Courbet: Related Links on Art in Context


Gustave Courbet, French, (1819-1877)
b. June 10, 1819, Ornans
d. 1877

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