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Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan

26 February — 22 May 2022

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Joanna Hiffernan’s relationship with Whistler ran deeper than artist and muse. In this rich exhibition we explore her life and role as a friend, model, lover and collaborator.

Many of James McNeill Whistler’s works feature the red-haired figure of Joanna Hiffernan. Her close professional and personal relationship with the artist lasted for two decades, yet little about her role or influence in his life has been explored – until now.

This exhibition brings together portraits of Hiffernan, ranging from innovative paintings, prints and drawings that challenged cultural norms and established Whistler’s reputation as one of the most influential artists of the late 19th century.

We also explore works by Gustave Courbet, who painted Hiffernan when he and Whistler worked together in Normandy, and conclude with paintings by Millais, Klimt and more who were inspired by Whistler’s Symphony in White.

This exhibition is organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Our Friends preview days take place on Thursday 24 February, 10am-6pm, and Friday 25 February, 10am-9pm.

26 February — 22 May 2022

Tickets £17. Concessions available. Everyone, including Friends of the RA must book a ticket before arriving.

The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries

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