Advent Calendar 2015 · Art History

December 14th: A Winter’s Walk by Jacques-Joseph Tissot

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A Winter’s Walk (Promenade dans la Neige) by James Tissot, 1878. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a4/A_Winter%E2%80%99s_Walk_%28Promenade_dans_la_neige%29_by_James-Jacques-Joseph_Tissot.jpg.

This elegant young woman is all dressed up for an afternoon stroll through the snow. I love how her black coat and the red lining of her bonnet contrast so beautifully with the white background. The artist, Jacques-Joseph “James” Tissot (1836-1902) was a French-born painter who worked in France for part of his career but had moved to London by the time he made this painting. Tissot specialized in fashionable and highly-detailed portraits and scenes of high-society men and women; he also painted religious works.

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