The Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan and James McNeill Whistler
Margaret F. MacDonald; with contributions by Charles Brock, Patricia de Montfort, Joanna Dunn, Grischka Petri, Aileen Ribeiro, and Joyce H. Townsend
The American-born artist James McNeill Whistler and Irish-born model Joanna Hiffernan met in 1860 and began a close professional and personal relationship that lasted over two decades. Hiffernan posed for many of Whistler’s most famous works, including his controversial “Symphony in White” paintings that fascinated and challenged Victorian audiences with their complex associations with sex and morality, class and fashion, genre and spiritualism, popular fiction, and the aesthetic movement.
This luxuriously illustrated volume provides the first comprehensive account of Hiffernan's partnership with Whistler during a period when he was forging a reputation as one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation. It transforms perceptions of their relationship—and the art arising from that collaboration—through a series of essays packed with new insights into the creation, marketing, and cultural context of Whistler's iconic works.
232 pages | 170 illustrations | 8.75 × 10.5 inches