Whistler and the Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan Softback Catalogue
Accompanying the exhibition at the Royal Academy, this publication presents a fascinating look at the partnership of artist James McNeill Whistler and his chief model, Joanna Hiffernan, and the iconic works of art resulting from their life together.
Magnificently illustrated, it features a series of essays examining how Hiffernan and Whistler overturned artistic conventions and sheds light on their interactions with contemporaries, including Gustave Courbet.
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|Dimensions||24 x 1.2 x 17cm|
|Fabric & material||Paper|
|No. of Pages||232|
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In 1860 James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) and Joanna Hiffernan (1839–1886) met and began a significant professional and personal relationship. Hiffernan posed as a model for many of Whistler’s works, including his controversial Symphony in White paintings, a trilogy that fascinated and challenged viewers with its complex associations with sex and morality, class and fashion, academic and realist art, Victorian popular fiction, aestheticism and spiritualism.
Packed with new insights into the creation, marketing and cultural context of Whistler’s iconic works, this study also traces their resonance for his fellow artists, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent and Gustav Klimt.