James Jacques-Joseph Tissot, ‘Soirée d'été (Summer Evening)’, 1881, Thomas French Fine Art

Tissot's lover, Irish divorcee Mrs. Kathleen Newton, resting on a chaise.

Edition: c. 100 in both states; plate canceled

Signature: Signed and dated in the plate lower left corner

Henri Beraldi, Les Graveurs du XIX Siecle (Paris: 1885), 47

Michael Justin Wentworth, James Tissot: Catalogue Raisonne of His Prints (Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1978), 56 ii/II

Christopher Wood, Tissot: The Life and Work of Jacques Joseph Tissot, 1836-1902 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1986), p. 120

Christopher Wood Gallery, London (label verso)

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