James Jacques Joseph Tissot

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James Jacques Joseph Tissot: A French Painter


A painter, printmaker, and enamelist, Tissot was a student of Hippolyte Flandrin, and Louis Lamothe at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris later moved to London after battling in the Franco-Prussian conflict, where a cartoon gig at Vanity Fair granted him entry to the elite class society that would ultimately characterize his topic.

 Early Life:

Jacques Josephs Tissot was born, to a prosperous merchant family of ardent Catholics, in 1836 in Nantes, France. In 1856, he went to Paris to start his short brief artistic training at the renowned École des Beaux-Arts. At this time, he crossed paths with some artists, including Edgar Degas, James McNeil Whistler, and Eduard Manet, who turned into his friends and had a lasting effect on his work.

 Tissot's early work mainly comprised of scenes from medieval times, and previously his artworks were exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1859, where he showed a few paintings portraying Goethe's Faust. 

 In around 1863, he changed the direction of his works and became a painter of modern life, displaying at the Royal Academy for the first time in 1864. Tissot fled Paris for England in 1871, after serving in the Franco-Prussian War, where he stayed for nine years, to adapt his forename to James. He painted pictures of English society that usually featured trendy women.  

 In between the years 1875 and 1882, his paintings were dominated by pictures of the unbelievable love of his life, his escort Kathleen Newton, whom he had met in St John's Wood, London, in around 1875.

 Famous Artworks: 

Tissot's paintings, such as Walk in the Snow displayed in London in 1862; the next year, three artworks by Tissot were displayed at the London art exhibitions of Ernest Gambart.

 He acquired high critical recognition and immediately turned into a triumph as an artist. Like contemporaries, for example, Alfred Stevens and Claude Monet, Tissot also investigated Japonisme, including Japanese articles and several costumes in his photos and communicating style impact.

 Final Year and Death:

 Tissot passed on all of a sudden in Doubs, France, on 8 August 1902, while living in the Château de Bouillon, a former abbey acquired from his dad in 1888. Widespread utilization of his illustrations in writing and slides continued after his death with The Life of Christ and The Old Testament turning into the "authoritative Bible images."