Published 10th January 2014
James Jacques Joseph Tissot; Frenchman shunned by his contemporaries, a beautiful fallen woman and a tragic love story…
The crushing French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and the fall of the Paris Commune forced Tissot to leave
In 1872, Tissot began exhibiting at the
Influences of the Orient and Japan come to the fore alongside an interest in etching and print-making and this 1875 etching from the major painting tiled Le Chapeau Rubens [Ruben’s Hat] is a nice example combining the two (FS21/307).
James Jaques Joseph Tissot
Le Chapeau Rubens (FS21/307)
The model does not appear to be his beloved Kathleen who has a rather majestic longer straighter nose; but Kathleen is often depicted in a Rubens hat too, so maybe it is... This is a rare etching from an edition of just 50, which bear the artist’s red monogram and the estimate is £600-£800.