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James Tissot, the modern ambiguous

75 min visit

Musee d'Orsay
23 Jun → 13 Sep 2020
Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Thursday until 9:45 pm. Closed Monday.

« A must-see retrospective of James Tissot, a major artist of the second half of the 19th century, both ambiguous and fascinating.  »

Does the name James Tissot, from his real name Jacques Joseph Tissot, mean anything to you? No worries! With the first major retrospective devoted to him since the 1980s, the Musée d'Orsay is introducing you to this French painter, who spent part of his life in England, where he was appreciated as a high society painter of the Victorian era. Seeking to anchor his art in the artistic and social context of the second half of the 19th century, the exhibition presents the most iconic images and the artist's most daring research. The latter varies techniques, from printmaking to enamel, photography - and, of course, painting, as well as themes. Thus, he explores Japanese art; portraits, especially those of his partner Kathleen Newton; the multiple facets of the Parisian woman he portrays in all situations; mystical and religious subjects too, at the end of his life. A fashionable artist from 1850 to 1902, Tissot was a socialite. His dandy spirit and his talent led him to frequent French high society, then English when he moved to London. Sometimes accused in his time of making only "coloured photographs", the painter opens a wonderful window on the societies of his time. This exhibition, which has already been presented at the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco, finally arrives in Paris.


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