James Jacques Joseph Tissot

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    James Jacques Joseph Tissot: A French Painter and Illustrator

     Jaques Tissot Nantes, a French Seaport, was born in 1836 and was always interested in nautical things and objects, which was visible in the accuracy of the rigging and ship scenes that he later painted. His father was a successful shopkeeper, a devout Roman Catholic, and Jaques was sent to a Jesuit school. Jacques's father was not happy with his career choice, but he did eventually relent.

     He entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1856, where he met and became friends with James McNeill Whistler; he changed his name to James to draw interest in himself. By traveling extensively, he plied his craft and surviving well, especially among the wealthy English patrons, and even exhibited at the Royal Academy. 

     When he returned to France, the Franco-Prussian War outbroke, he fled to England in 1871, where he had many friends. His paintings were of excellent quality but sometimes controversial - this probably assisted in sales rather than the reverse. 

     Many artworks have been of girls in unbelievably stunning costumes. The well-known artwork critic John Ruskin changed into in particular detached and referred to as his artwork "mere pix of vulgar society." His French buddies have been resentful of his fulfillment in England. He lived a lifestyle to the fullest.

     List of works of Jaques Tissot:

    • 1878 October.
    • 1869 At the Rifle Range.
    • 1872 autumn on the Thames.
    • 1881 Quiet.
    • 1878 In the Conservatory.
    • 1878 spring.
    • 1877 The Widower.
    • 1879 By the Thames at Richmond.
    • 1881 Goodbye, on the Mersey.
    • 1885 Letter 'L' with Hats.
    • 1874 On the Thames
    • 1879 Orphan.
    • 1879 Going to Business.
    • 1885 The Shop Girl.
    • 1885 The Political Lady.
    • 1862 The Return of the Prodigal Son.
    • 1885 Women of Paris: The Circus Lover.
    • 1877 The Gallery of H.M.S. 'Calcutta' (Portsmouth).
    • 1874 The Ball on Shipboard.
    • 1875 The Bunch of Lilacs.
    • 1876 The Picnic.
    • 1882 Hide and Seek.
    • 1882 The Garden Bench.
    • 1885 The Traveller.
    • 1885 The Artist's Ladies.

     Career of Jaques Tissot:

    Jaques Tissot was from a devout Roman Catholic family; when he met and fell in love with an Irish divorcee and lived openly with her, the tongues wagged. He was committed to Kathleen until she committed suicide after a prolonged illness. He was devastated, and even his painting style changed to more religious works.

     In 1874 Edmond de Goncourt wrote paradoxically that James Tissot had "a studio with a ready room where, in any respect times, there may be iced champagne on the disposal of visitors, and across the studio, a lawn where, all day long, you'll see a footman in silk stockings brushing and shining the shrubbery leaves."

    James was heartbroken and, within a week, left the house and never returned. He did not marry or have any more long-term relationships and got into Spiritualism to contact Kathleen and then moved to Paris and continued the style that had been so successful for him in London. Still, it was not so successful in Paris. He had a "religious experience" and became extremely devout, and began painting religious scenes.


    He died in 1902 in Bullion. The possibility of obtaining any of the great artworks by this artist is quite slight, although from time to time, they become available. Usually, one needs to bid against international galleries for the artworks. 

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