Today, I am very pleased to welcome art historian and author Lucy Paquette with a fascinating guest post on fashion in the paintings of Victorian era artist James Tissot!
In the Conservatory (Rivals), c. 1875, by James Tissot.
Oil on canvas, 15 1/8 by 20 1/8 in. (38.4 by 51.1 cm). Private Collection.
No one captured the rapidly-changing fashion trends of the 1860s and 1870s like French painter James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836 – 1902). Tissot was more than merely a painter of fashionable women. His mother and her sister were partners in a successful millinery company. Tissot’s father established a booming business as a wholesale linen draper – a trader in fabrics and dress trimmings to retailers and exporters. At 19, Tissot moved to Paris to study painting, and he gained the technical skills to record the fashionable female form of this period – tall, slim figures heightened by high chignons, hats, and heels, with silhouettes changing every few years. Continue reading