James Tissot (1836-1902), at age 20 moved from Nantes to Paris to train as a painter where he met a young Whistler and befriended Degas. He began to concentrate on contemporary scene paintings and exhibited in London in the Royal Academy. In London he found a following that he would later exploit. After the fall of the Paris Commune, James Tissot fled to London, along with so many other nationals, in 1870 and stayed until 1882, where his oil paintings of social events and his conversation pieces rapidly became popular. These paintings look beautifully painted, and were an interesting record of social life at the time, but were controversial, (painting the 'nouveau-riche').
He met the love of his life, Kathleen Newton, in the mid 1870's and Kathleen became his model, muse and mistress. Unlike many other artists of the time he lived openly, (unmarried) with her, even leaving the country when his social life was impacted, to stay with her. Tissot's paintings of his lady shows the sensitivity of that love. After the death of Kathleen in 1882, he left St. Johns Wood and England, never to return.
This painting (from 1876) is set in the artist’s garden in the wealthy north London suburb of St John’s Wood. It features its distinctive cast-iron colonnade enclosing a large ornamental fishpond. St John’s Wood was considered a somewhat bohemian area and this picture of young people flirting, unnoticed by their sleeping chaperone, was considered by some as objectionable. The men are wearing the caps of I Zingari, an elite amateur cricket club.
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Fits any standard 8x10 frame.
Image: 8" x 10"