Young Italian Woman, with ‘Puck’ the Dog, Thérèse Schwartze, c. 1885 - c. 1886
Known as Fortunata, this woman was one of the many professional Italian models working in Paris in the late 19th century. Schwartze started this painting while sojourning there in 1884 and exhibited it a year later in Amsterdam, having added the dog in the meanwhile. For a young female artist at the time, studying in Paris was as unconventional as pursuing a career as an artist. However, Schwartze pressed on and became a highly successful portraitist.