Whistler Exhibition at the RA for 2022

September 7 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Royal Academy in London have provided more details regarding their new exhibition set to open in February 2022. Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan will focus around the loan of Whistler's portrait of Joanna from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

According to the exhibition's blurb:

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.

The exhibition is set to run between 26th February 2022 - 22nd May 2022.

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