The works of artist James Tissot coming soon to the Musée d’Orsay

The works of artist James Tissot coming soon to the Musée d’Orsay

The famous painter and engraver James Tissot will soon be honoured with a dedicated exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay. He is recognised as the painter of feminine elegance and 19th-century society.

His life and painting was marked by his decisive encounter with the beautiful and mysterious Kathleen Newton. She was to become his companion and muse for the 12 years he lived in London. The young woman’s early death prompted James Tissot to return to France.

Tissot bears witness to French society life during this period and the mass influx of the nouveau riche. He was particularly skilled at painting the codes of the bourgeoisie with subtlety. His works are meticulous and very vivid. The backdrops to great wealth, his subjects’ ingenious expressions invite us to take the time to enjoy each painting. James Tissot – a pseudonym for Jacques-Joseph Tissot – devoted his later years to bible illustration. He passed away in 1902, leaving a considerable legacy behind him.

The exhibition will open on 24 March 2020 and is set to run until 19 July 2020.

 James Tissot (1836 – 1902) Portrait du marquis et de la marquise de Miramon et de leurs enfants 1865 Huile sur toile H. 177 ; L. 217 cm © Musée d’Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

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