Sunday, October 15, 2017

On this day. James Jacques Tissot


 October 15, 1836. James Jacques Joseph Tissot 15 October 1836 - 8 August 1902) was a French painter, who spent much of his career in Britain. Tissot exhibited in the Paris Salon for the first time in 1859, where he showed five paintings of scenes from the Middle Ages, many depicting scenes from Goethe's Faust. These works show the influence of the Belgian painter Henri Leys (Jan August Hendrik Leys), whom Tissot had met in Antwerp in 1859, over his work. In this image: Le Balcon du Cercle de la rue Royale (The Circle of the Rue Royale), 1868.



 In later life he became a devout Catholic and devoted his time to producing art based on religious themes. These became very popular, but I don't find them very interesting. What I do find interesting are his paintings of beautiful women, often of his mistress, the divorcee Kathleen Newton, dressed in the height of turn of the century fashion.

Brief Biography: http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/tissot/zuercher1.html

Wikipedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Paintings_by_James_Tissot

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