LE DIMANCHE MATIN

James Tissot
LE DIMANCHE MATIN
etching & drypoint
1883

An original James Tissot etching & drypoint print.

(Sunday Morning)

1883

Original etching and drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper

Signed and dated in the plate lower right J.J. Tissot / 1883.

A superb, richly printed impression of the definitive state of this rare etching, from the edition of unknown size, with touches of rich burr throughout. Also bearing the artist’s red monogram stamp (Lugt 1545) in the lower right hand corner of the plate, which Tissot affixed only to those impressions from any given edition which he considered to be the finest, he reserved these impressions for his own collection.

Catalog: Wentworth 72; Tissot 74; Béraldi 63.

15 x 7 inches

Sheet Size: 18 7/8 x 12 inches

“Le Dimanche Matin” is one of the first of the outstanding decorative portrait-style compositions which Tissot made after his return to Paris in late 1882 following the loss of his mistress Kathleen Newton to tuberculosis in London. The theme of the jolie femme was very much in vogue at that time in Paris and Tissot achieved immediate public and critical success with subjects such as this one. Perhaps as a reaction to the tragedy of Kathleen’s death these first Paris studies have an overt sense of gaiety and a flamboyant richness in the handling of the surfaces.
The composition of “Le Dimanche Matin” is closely related to that of “Promenade Dans La Niege” (1880, Wentworth 48) especially in the contrast of the tracery of the background branches against the silhouette of the figure. However, the deliberate stylization of the shape of the girl in the former has given way to an openly elaborate splendor, a wonderful textural richness of surface and a reliance on pure decorative appeal.

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