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Docent Art Talk: "James Tissot: Painter of Victorian Glamour and Faith" by Ellen Harden

October 19, 2019, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
James Tissot, "La Femme à Paris: Ladies of the Chariots," ca. 1883–1885

James Tissot, "La Femme à Paris: Ladies of the Chariots," ca. 1883–1885. Oil on canvas, 57.5 x 39.6 in. (146.1 x 100.7 cm). Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (RISD), 58.186

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 includes many key modern-life works from his time in London and Paris, such as his work: The Ball on Shipboard (1874). Tissot paints women of all walks of Parisian life: high fashion, the circus and shop girls. Finally toward the end of his career, he adopts a strong religious faith, which encourages him to create a series of biblical paintings and etchings that have been widely published since the early 20th century. 

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