James Jacques Joseph Tissot

Promenade dans la Neige

James Jacques Joseph Tissot
An original hand-signed etching & drypoint print.
Promenade dans la Neige
(A Winter’s Walk)
c.1880
Original etching with drypoint printed on laid paper.
Signed and dated in the plate in the title margin below the image.
Plate Size: 22 x 10 inches
Sheet Size: 26 15/16 x 18 inches

When exhibited in Manchester in 1878, the painting of “Promenade dans la neige” was described as “a fairy form enveloped in furs, out of which we have a peep of a sweet and enticing face.” Under the print the artist includes a line from Keats’s poem “Fancy”: “She will bring in spite of frost – Beauties that the earth hath lost.”

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Nicole Wolff
Gallery Director

In genre portraits of fashionable, high-society women in the late 1800s, James Jacques-Joseph Tissot captured the charming elegance of his social world by documenting the costumes, decor, and events of the elite. A painter, printmaker, and enamelist, Tissot was a student of Hippolyte Flandrin and Louis Lamothe at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but later relocated to London after fighting in the Franco-Prussian war, where a caricature gig at Vanity Fair granted him entry to the elite society that would ultimately define his subject matter. Upon meeting his wife and muse Kathleen Newton, Tissot drastically altered his lifestyle and subject matter to trade his social life for domesticity, and upon her death, a heartbroken Tissot returned to Paris with a subsequent interest in religion and spirituality that was reflected in his work thereafter.