Docent Art Talk: "James Tissot: Painter of 19th Century Paris and London Society and Biblical Subjects" by Maureen O'Brien
James Tissot, "Self Portrait," ca. 1865. Oil on panel, 19 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (49.8 x 30.2 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Mildred Anna Williams Collection,1961.16
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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