Micheline Resco (1894–1968) was a Romanian-born, Parisian portrait artist best known as the mistress and then second wife of John J. Pershing, Commanding General of the American Expeditionary Forces during the First World War. In 1917, Resco was commissioned by the French Minister of War to paint a portrait of Pershing, and the two met for the first time at the Crillon Hotel in Paris. Resco and Pershing began a relationship that lasted over 30 years, until the general’s death in 1948.
|Resco's 1921 Portrait of General Pershing|
Resco followed Pershing to the United States a few months after he left France in 1919, where she split her residence between New York City and Washington, DC. Though their relationship remained secret to the general public, Resco corresponded with several members of Pershing’s family, particularly his son, Warren; brother, James F. Pershing; and sister-in-law, Jessie Jackson Pershing. Resco and Pershing were married by a Catholic priest at Walter Reed Hospital, where Pershing was recovering from a stroke, in 1946. After the general’s death at the age of 88, Resco returned to Paris.
Source: Donald W. Smythe, SJ, Papers