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Docent Art Talk: "James Tissot, Famous but not Well-Known" by Marsha Holm

November 23, 2019, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
James Tissot, "The Ball on Shipboard," ca. 1874

James Tissot, "The Ball on Shipboard," ca. 1874. Oil on canvas, 33 x 51 in. (83.8 x 129.5 cm). Tate Britain, London. © Tate, London 2019

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater

French artist James Tissot defied both personal and professional conventions in a career that spanned the English Channel, earning commercial and critical success both in London and Paris. Though invited by Degas to exhibit with the Impressionists, Tissot declined. He turned to social events and balls, painting high society life with great attention to detail, humor, and pathos. Even his most ebullient society pictures reveal a rich and complex commentary on Belle Époque culture, religion, fashion, and politics. The exhibition James Tissot: Fashion & Faith includes key works from his time in London and Paris, such as The Ball on Shipboard (1874). Finally, toward the end of his career, he adopted a strong religious faith, which encouraged him to create a series of biblical paintings and etchings that have been widely published since the early 20th century.

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