Series: This is the complete set of four plates (The Departure, In Foreign Climes, The Return, & The Fatted Calf) of L’ENFANT PRODIGUE (The Prodigal Son). A richly printed impression of Wentworth’s second and final state. After the addition of the inscribed text to the title margin below the image, from the edition of 400 (there were 100 additional impressions printed prior to the addition of the text, for an overall edition of 500). Plate I, II, III, IV from the suite L’enfant prodigue.
Signature: Signed and dated in the plate in the title margin lower left J.J. Tissot / 1881.
Krystyna Matyjaszkiewicz, James Tissot, Phaidon Press, Oxford, & Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1984, no. 153c, p. 134 (ill); Christopher Wood, Tissot: The Life and Work of Jacques Joseph Tissot 1836-1902, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London, 1986, no. 119 (oil), p. 118 (ill.); Nancy Rose Marshall & Malcolm Warner, James Tissot: Victorian Life / Modern Love, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1999, no. 73, p. 167 (ill.)
About James Jacques-Joseph Tissot
In genre portraits of fashionable, high-society women in the late 1800s, James Jacques-Joseph Tissot captured the charmed 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.
French, 1836-1902, Nantes, France