Not until 1883 did James Tissot
start working on religious subjetcs, as he has never dealt with spiritual subjects until the suicide of his lover Kathleen Newton. Until then, his paintings were characterised by colourful impressions of the Haute-Volée, but with Kathleen’s death, his work became profound and mystic. As corollary, he created a series of illustrations of the Old and the New Testament, which particularly mirrors his impressive creative power. These works accompanied Tissot almost until he died and bestowed him with fame all over the world.
The Dutch artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edgar Degas and the brothers Goncourt, authors, were among his friends.
The membership of the Paris commune made him extremely unpopular. - However, today the commune is considered the archetype of the democracy of councils.
The flight made him change his name, and Jacques Joseph became James Tissot. In London, he established himself as a painter, but however, even in England, he was considered exotic due to his relationship with a divorced woman.
Just like every artist, he did not worry about that, the more so as his works were already sought-after and popular. Tissot, the painter of the Paris society, became Britain’s extremely talented representative artist.
Today, his works can be admired in the famous museums of Paris, London, Toronto, Boston and other metropolises and are hardly at any other museum’s disposal.
His etchings, prints, graphics and copper engravings are sold on auctions for five-digit amounts and have become sought-after collectibles long ago.
Those who cannot or do not want to afford an original painting may like the opportunity to buy a reprint.
Of course you have the possibility to examine the prints on appointment before you make a purchase decision.