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Le banc de jardin (The Garden Bench). 1883. Mezzotint. Tissot 79, Béraldi 66, Wentworth 75.ii/iii. 16 1/2 x 22 1/8 (sheet 21 1/2 x 28 1/2). Edition about 500 in three states. Printed in brown/black ink on chine appliqué (China paper mounted on stiff wove paper). Signed and titled in the plate. Housed in a silk mat with a gold liner in a 31 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 2-inch burled burled wood frame. $3,750.
La Galerie du 'Calcutta' (Souvenir d'en Bal à Bord). 1898. Drypoint. Tissot 18, Béraldi 18, Wentworth 25. 10 3/8 x 14 1/4 (sheet 14 5/8 x 19). Edition of 25 in Ten Etchings and 25 separate plates; total edition 50. A rich impression with drypoint burr printed on cream laid paper. Signed in pencil, lower left, and with the artist's red stamp (Lugt 1545) in the image lower right. $35,000.
Le hamac (The Hammock). 1880. Etching and drypoint. Tissot 41, Béraldi 37, Wentworth 46. 10 5/16 x 7 1/4 (sheet 13 5/8 x 10). Edition of about 100. Illustrated: Calloway, English Prints for the Collector, p. 16 A rich impression printed on cream wove paper. Signed in the plate. Housed in an archival French mat and an 18 3/4 x 17 1/4-inch champagne gold frame. $2,750.
Octobre. (October). 1878. Etching and drypoint. Tissot 29; Béraldi 26 (as L'automne, ou, Octobre) ; Wentworth 33. 21 1/2 x 11. Edition of approximately 100. Illustrated: Zigrosser, Six Centuries of Fine Prints, #410. A brilliant, richly-inked impression with strong contrasts and deep black, velvety burr throughout, printed on cream laid paper, printed on cream laid paper with full margins. Signed in pencil, lower right. With the artist's red monogram ink stamp (Lugt 1545, lower right recto). Housed in an archival French mat and a stunning 31 1/4 x 21 1/4 x 1 1/2-inch gold leaf frame. Price upon application.
Querelle d'amoureux. (Quarreling). 1870. Etching and drypoint. Tissot 11, Béraldi 11, Wentworth 18. 11 7/8 x 7 1/2 (sheet 13 1/2 x 8 7/16). Edition 50: 25 published in Ten Etchings and 25 separate. A rich tonal impression printed on cream laid paper. Signed, dated and with Tissot's red stamp (Lugt 1545) in the plate. $4,500.
James Jacques Joseph Tissot (October 15, 1836 - August 8, 1902) was a French painter. Tissot was born at Nantes. He studied at the Êcole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Ingres, Flandrin and Lamothe, and exhibited in the Paris Salon for the first time at the age of twenty-three. In 1855 Tissot moved to Paris where he studied under Jules-Élie Delaunay, Louis Lamothe and Hippolyte Flandrin. Lamothe, who had been a pupil of Ingres, introduced him to Edgar Degas. The two men became close friends. Another friendship formed at this time was with James McNeill Whistler. Two portraits, including one of Tissot's mother, were among the artist's first exhibits at the Paris Salon in 1859. In 1861 he showed The Meeting of Faust and Marguerite, which was purchased by the state for the Luxembourg Gallery. His first characteristic period made him a painter of the charms of women. Demi-mondaine would be more accurate as a description of the series of studies which he called La Femme à Paris.
Tissot fought in the Franco-Prussian War, and, falling under suspicion as a Communard, left Paris for London. Here he studied etching with Sir Seymour Haden, drew caricatures for Vanity Fair, and painted portraits as well as genre subjects. Sometime in the 1870s Tissot met a divorcée, Mrs. Kathleen Newton, who became his companion and the model for many of his paintings. Mrs. Newton moved into Tissot's household in 1876 and lived with him until she died of consumption in 1882 at the age of 28.
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