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My book, The Hammock: A novel based on the true story of French painter James Tissot, illustrated with 17 full-color, high-resolution fine art images courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library, is available through amazon.com.
I began my blog by chronicling the early years of French painter James Tissot (1836-1902) and his friends Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Édouard Manet (1832-1883), Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), John Everett Millais (1829-1896), Lourens Tadema (later Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1836-1912), and Tommy Bowles (Thomas Gibson Bowles, 1841-1922).
If you’ve read The Hammock and you’d like to learn more about the lives of the artists it portrays, see the index to my blog posts below. Together, they create a companion volume to The Hammock, sharing the true stories behind Tissot’s life, friends, and times, year by year, from his youth to his pre-war celebrity. Join me as I explore people and events prior to my novel’s opening in October 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War and the Siege of Paris, and other topics related to James Tissot and his art.
Read worldwide, my blog combines previous scholarship with original research and discussions of Tissot’s work in public collections and at auction. Learn sales prices and where you can find Tissot’s oil paintings in museums around the world, as well as stories of the celebrities, aristocrats, millionaires, and other colorful characters who have owned some of Tissot’s most famous oil paintings.
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Coming Fall 2012: The Hammock: A novel based on the true story of French painter James Tissot, by Lucy Paquette
“I was a lazybones”: James Tissot’s youth, 1836 – 1855
On his own: Tissot as a Paris art student, 1855 — 1858
Becoming James: Tissot’s first Salon, 1859
Riding Coattails: Tissot’s earliest success, 1860 – 1861
London Début: Tissot explores a new art market, 1862
Reality Check: Tissot and the Salon des Réfuses, 1863
Modern Painter: Tissot’s Focus Shifts, 1864
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Paris c. 1865: The Giddy Life of Second Empire France
Ready and waiting: Tissot’s entrée, 1865
The competition: Tissot’s friends Whistler, Degas, Manet, Courbet, Alma-Tadema & Millais in 1866
In a class by himself: Tissot beyond the competition, 1866
“The three wonders of the world”: Tissot’s japonisme,1864-67
Degas’ portrait: Tissot, the man-about-town, 1867
The Bad Boys of the 1867 Paris International Exposition: Whistler, Manet & Courbet
On top of the world: Tissot, Millais & Alma-Tadema in 1867
“Chi-so”: Tissot teaches a brother of Japan’s last Shogun, 1868
The high life, 1868: Tissot, his villa & The Circle of the Rue Royale
Tissot and Manet attempt to help their friend Degas, 1868
Others in Tissot’s circle: Morisot, Courbet, Alma-Tadema, Whistler & Millais in 1868
James Tissot’s brilliant marketing tool, 1869
“Hurling towards the abyss”: The Second Empire, 1869
Friendship, love & quarrels: Tissot and his friends Degas, Manet & Morisot, 1869
1869: Tissot meets “the irresistible” Tommy Bowles, founder of British Vanity Fair
Of Snobbery, Death & Parlormaids: Millais, Alma-Tadema & Whistler, 1869
Tissot’s last Salon: Paris, 1870
Welcome to the Royal Academy Exhibition: London, 1870 (Part I)
Genius, or only strange tricks? Tissot’s friends Whistler & Alma-Tadema at the Royal Academy, 1870 (Part II)
Mrs. Grundy Objects: Millais at The Royal Academy Exhibition, London, 1870 (Part III)
The calm before the storm: Courbet & Tissot in Paris, January to June, 1870
“Napoleon is an idiot”: Courbet & the Fall of the Second Empire, 1870
James Tissot & Tommy Bowles Brave the Siege Together: October 1870
Courage & Cowardice: The Impressionists at War, 1870 (Part 1 of 2)
Courage & Cowardice: The Impressionists at War, 1870 (Part 2 of 2)
“The Future of French Art”: Henri Regnault (1843-1871)
The Missing Tissot Nudes
James Tissot and The Artists’ Brigade, 1870-71
Paris, June 1871
London, June 1871
The Artists’ Rifles, London
A spotlight on Tissot at the Met’s “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity”
Tissot vs. Whistler, Degas, Manet & Morisot oils at auction
James Tissot oils at auction: Seven favorites
Kathleen Newton by James Tissot: eight auctioned oil paintings
Tissot around the world: Canada
Tissot around the world: India, Japan, Australia & New Zealand
Who was Algernon Moses Marsden?
Tissot in the U.S.: The Midwest
Tissot in the U.K.: Cambridgeshire, Oxford & Bury St. Edmunds
Tissot in the Conservatory
Tissot in the U.S.: The Mid-Atlantic
Tissot in the U.K.: Bristol & Southampton
James Tissot’s garden idyll & Kathleen Newton’s death
James Tissot’s house at St. John’s Wood, London
Tissot in the U.S.: New England
Tissot in the U.K.: Northern England
For sale: In the Conservatory (Rivals), c. 1875, by James Tissot
Was Cecil Newton James Tissot’s son?
Tissot in the U.S.: The West
For sale: A Visit to the Yacht, c. 1873, by James Tissot
James Tissot the Collector: His works by Degas, Manet & Pissarro
Tissot in the U.S.: New York
Tissot’s La Femme à Paris series
Tissot in the U.K.: London, at The Geffrye & the Guildhall
Tissot in the U.K.: London, at the Tate
From Princess to Plutocrat: Tissot’s Patrons
Artistic intimates: Tissot’s patrons among his friends & colleagues
Was James Tissot a Plagiarist?
More “Plagiarists”: Tissot’s friends Manet, Degas, Whistler & Others
James Tissot Goes to the Museum
James Tissot in the Roaring ‘20s
Tissot’s Comeback in the 1930s
Girls to Float Your Boat, by James Tissot
James Tissot in the 1940s: La Mystérieuse is identified
James Tissot in the era of Abstract Expressionism
James Tissot and the Revival of Victorian Art in the 1960s
If only we’d bought James Tissot’s paintings in the 1970s!
James Tissot’s popularity boom in the 1980s
James Tissot in the Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
A visit to James Tissot’s house & Kathleen Newton’s grave
James Tissot’s “A Civic Procession” (c. 1879)
James Tissot’s “Miss Sydney Milner-Gibson” (c. 1872)
Celebrities & Millionaires Vie for Tissot’s Paintings in the 1990s
The Stars of Victorian Painting: Auction Prices
Belle Époque Portraits in Pastel by James Tissot
A Closer Look at Tissot’s “The Ladies of the Chariots”
A Closer Look at Tissot’s “Too Early”
A Closer Look at Tissot’s “The Artists’ Wives”
A Closer Look at Tissot’s “The Ball on Shipboard”
Tissot in the new millenium: Museum Exhibitions
Tissot in the new millenium: Museum Acquisitions
Tissot in the new millennium: Oils at Auction
James Tissot’s Medieval Paintings, 1858-67
James Tissot’s Faust series, 1860-65
James Tissot’s Directoire series, 1868-71
Tissot and his Friends Clown Around
James Tissot’s Georgian Girls, c. 1872
James Tissot’s Weather Forecast
James Tissot Domesticated
Tissot and Degas visit the Louvre, 1879
The Art of Waiting, by James Tissot
Tissot’s Brush with Impressionism
James Tissot’s Church Ladies
James Tissot and Alfred Stevens
The James Tissot Tour of Paris
What became of James Tissot and Alfred Stevens?
James Tissot is now in Italy!
Victorians on the Move, by James Tissot
Tissot vs. Bouguereau: La sœur aînée (The Elder Sister)
Tissot in the U.S.: The Speed Museum, Kentucky
Happy Hour with James Tissot
Oil paintings by James Tissot registered with the Nazi Era Provenance Internet Portal (NEPIP)
Masculine Fashion, by James Tissot: Aristocrats (1865 – 1868)
Masculine Fashion, by James Tissot: Officers, soldiers & sailors (1868 – 1883/85)
Masculine Fashion, by James Tissot: The Casual Male (1871 – 1878)
Masculine Fashion, by James Tissot: Sportsmen & Servants (1874 – 1885)
Masculine Fashion, by James Tissot: Gentlemen & Rogues (1865 – 1879)
James Tissot’s Cloisonné
James Tissot’s Fashion Plates (1864-1878): A Guest Post for Mimi Matthews by Lucy Paquette
A Closer Look at Tissot’s “The Fan”
A Closer Look: The Circus Lover (The Amateur Circus), by James Tissot
The Thames (1876), by James Tissot. Oil on canvas, 28.5 x 46.5 in. (72.5 x 118 cm.). Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield, UK. Courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library for use in “The Hammock: A novel based on the true story of French painter James Tissot” by Lucy Paquette © 2012