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Docent Tour: James Tissot: Fashion & Faith

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James Tissot, "Self Portrait," ca. 1865

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

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris are co-organizing James Tissot: Fashion & Faith, the first major reassessment of the artist’s career in over 20 years. It examines approximately 70 paintings, works on paper, and cloisonné enamels by Tissot. Exhibition highlights are drawn from the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, including Tissot’s Self Portrait (ca. 1865) as well as prints and photographs from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. New scholarship on the artist demonstrates that even Tissot’s most ebullient society paintings reveal rich and complex commentary on topics such as nineteenth-century society, religion, fashion, and politics, rendering him an artist worthy of reexamination in the twenty-first century.

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Free after special exhibition admission. This tour uses headsets and requires advance sign-up in coat check the day of the tour. The tour convenes on the lower level. 

If you would like to book a private tour, contact Group Sales at 415.750.2620 or

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Docent Council
(415) 750-3638