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Tissot James

 

 

James Jacques Joseph Tissot (October 15, 1836 August 8, 1902) was a French painter.

He fought in the Franco-Prussian War, and, falling under suspicion as a Communard, left Paris for London. Here he studied etching with Sir Seymour Haden, drew caricatures for Vanity Fair, and painted portraits as well as genre subjects.

Sometime in the 1870s Tissot met a divorcee, Mrs. Kathleen Newton, who became his companion and the model for many of his paintings. Mrs. Newton moved into Tissot's household in 1876 and lived with him until her suicide in the late stages of consumption in 1882 at the age of 28.

It was many years before he turned to the chief labor of his career - the production of a series of 700 water-color drawings to illustrate the life of Christ and the Old Testament. He disappeared from Paris, whither he had returned after the death of Kathleen Newton, and went to Palestine. In 1896 the series of 350 drawings of incidents in the life of Christ was exhibited in Paris, and the following year found them on show in London. They were then published by the firm of Lemercier in Paris, who had paid him 1,100,000 francs for them. (Over 500 related drawings, watercolors and oils are now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.)

 

 

 


The Garden Bench

 


Waiting for the Ferry, 1878

 


The Gallery of HMS Calcutta, 1877

 


October

 


A Passing Storm, 1876

 


A Woman of Ambition

 


Orphan

 


The Bunch of Lilacs

 


The Traveller

 


Young Women Looking at Japanese Objects

 


Young Women Looking at Japanese Objects

 


Young Lady Holding Japanese Objects

 


Bad News

 


On the Thames

 


The Last Evening

 


Gentleman in a Railway Carriage, 1872

 


On the Thames- A Heron

 


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