James Jacques Joseph Tissot / On the Thames, A Heron / about 1871 - 1872James Jacques Joseph Tissot
On the Thames, A Heron
about 1871 - 1872

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Creator Name: Tissot, James
Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1836 - 1902
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: James Jacques Joseph Tissot
Title: On the Thames, A Heron
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1871
Creation End Date: 1872
Creation Date: about 1871 - 1872
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: oil on canvas
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.36-1/2 x W.23-3/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 75.7
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Patrick Butler, by exchange
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

When James Tissot fled to England in 1871 as a political refugee following the Franco-Prussian war, he discovered that English suspicion of French painting technique and a preference for sentimental narrative would require him to adapt his work for the British market. In On the Thames, A Heron, one of his first English works, Tissot created a successful amalgam of these two aesthetics by serving up to British tastes his French technique wrapped in the sweet Victorian charm of beautiful young women boating on the Thames. Also presented here is the artist's full comprehension of the aesthetics of Japanese design in his use of a high vantage point and the juxtaposition of two separate pictorial elements in compressed space. Further the instantaneous realism and framing of the composition also suggests the influence of photography.

Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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