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James Tissot

1836-1902 France/Realism


Brief Biography-James Tissot, born in Nantes, was a painter and etcher trained by Jean Hippolyte Flandrin and Louis Lamothe. He Painted women in the style of Alfred Stevens and first exhibited his four saints at the salon in 1859. Tissot fought in the Franco-Prussian war and afterwards settled in London; James McNeill Whistler, a friend in France, influenced his paintings of the Thames, and Japanese art also affected his work. John Ruskin approved of his genre paintings but was cautious of the subject’s morality; however, he found considerable success in London. Tissot lived with the society lady Mrs Newton and featured her in many of his paintings. When she died, Tissot moved to the holy land for ten years and painted a series of religious works depicting the Life of Christ. He spent his later years in the Abbey of Bouillon in France, working on drawings of the Old Testament. He died there in 1902.


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a passing storm

a passing storm

adam and eve driven
from paradise

adam and eve driven from paradise



the ark passes over
the jordan

the ark passes over the jordan

the thames

the thames by James Tissot

woman in the
japanese bath

woman in the japanese bath