Jo, the Beautiful Irish Girl
  • Jo, the Beautiful Irish Girl

    TitleJo, the Beautiful Irish Girl
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 54 x 65 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 79 x 89 x 10 cm
  • DatingSigned 1866
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Gustave Courbet, French, born 1819, dead 1877
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 2543
  • AcquisitionGift 1926 Nationalmusei Vänner
  • Description
    Images and media

    Irishwoman Joanna Heffernan moved in artists’ circles and was admired for her beauty. She was portrayed several times both by the Frenchman Gustave Courbet and the American James Abbott McNeill Whistler. In Courbet's painting, she runs her hand through her loose red hair, while looking at herself in a mirror – an symbolic gesture and a motif associated with themes of defiant sensualism, vanity and the transience of beauty.