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Joshua Meador Side of a Hill
Joshua Meador, 1911-1965
Side of a Hill, 18 x 24

James Tissot October
James Tissot:
Fashion and Faith
at
SF's Legion of Honor

Linda Sorensen at Easel at Monte Rio Redwood Cabin Studio
Linda Sorensen,
Staying True to her Calling

in Berkeley Law's Transcript,
Fall issue, 2019

Linda Sorensen Riversong
Linda Sorensen,
Riversong, 36 x 24


Tissot Banner outside the Legion of Honor
Tissot: Fashion & Faith
now at San Francisco's Legion of Honor
by Daniel Rohlfing

French artist James Tissot's greatest success was in London. He arrived there in 1871 at the age of 35 and remained for twelve years, returning to Paris in 1883. All paintings pictured below are now on exhibition at San Francisco's Legion of Honor through Feb 9.

James Tissot is best known for capturing the elegance of the "Vanity Fair," the luxurious playful activities of London's rich industrialist class as they engaged in leisure activities, often involving stylish dress, proper manners and social etiquette, laced with the mystery of the flirtatious slightly inappropriate interactions between men and women.

This exhibition is laid out chronologically at the museum, showing the transitions in his career. For the purposes of this article, we show his most famous work first, his Vanity Fair period done while in London and his Parisian Le Femme paintings. Each period of his artistic life is headed by a red banner.

Vanity Fair
James Tissot, Two Figures at the Door or The Proposal, 1872 Collection of Ralph and Terry Kovel
James Tissot, Two Figures at the Door
or The Proposal, 1872
Collection of Ralph and Terry Kovel
James Tissot, The Japanese Scroll, 1872-73 Private Collection
James Tissot, The Japanese Scroll, 1872-73
Private Collection
James Tissot, Waiting or In the Shallows, 1873 Collection of Diane B. Wilsey, San Francisco
James Tissot, Waiting or In the Shallows, 1873
Collection of Diane B. Wilsey, San Francisco
James Tissot, The Last Evening, 1873 Guildhall Art Gallery, London
James Tissot, The Last Evening, 1873
Guildhall Art Gallery, London
James Tissot, The Captain's Daughter, 1873 Southhampton City Art Gallery, England
James Tissot, The Captain's Daughter, 1873
Southhampton City Art Gallery, England
James Tissot, Too Early, 1873 Guildhall Art Gallery, London
James Tissot, Too Early, 1873
Guildhall Art Gallery, London
James Tissot, London Visitors, 1873-74 Toledo Museum of Art, Toldedo, Ohio
James Tissot, London Visitors, 1873-74
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
James Tissot, Afternoon Tea or In the Conservatory, 1874 Collection of Diane B. Wilsey, San Francisco
James Tissot, Afternoon Tea or In the Conservatory, 1874
Collection of Diane B. Wilsey, San Francisco
James Tissot, The Ball on Shipboard, 1874 Tate Britain, London
James Tissot, The Ball on Shipboard, 1874
Tate Britain, London
James Tissot, The Reply or The Letter, 1874 National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa
James Tissot, The Reply or The Letter, 1874
National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa
James Tissot, The Fan, 1875 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut
James Tissot, The Fan, 1875
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Conn.
necticut
James Tissot, The Thames, 1875 The Hepworth Wakefield Museum, Wakefield, England
James Tissot, The Thames, 1875
The Hepworth Wakefield Museum, Wakefield, England
James Tissot, The Convalescent, 1875 Museums Sheffield, England
James Tissot, The Convalescent, 1875
Museums Sheffield, England
James Tissot, Holy Day, 1876 Tate Britain, London
James Tissot, Holy Day, 1876
Tate Britain, London
James Tissot, Spring (Specimen of a Portrait), 1877 Collection of Diane B. Wilsey, San Francisco
James Tissot, Spring (Specimen of a Portrait), 1877
Collection of Diane B. Wilsey, San Francisco
With a keen sense of humor, shrewd observations and attention to detail, Tissot captured and preserved his insider's take on this elite and elegant period.

Tissot first was noticed in London where he exhibited three paintings in the 1862 International Exhibition. He, like other artists including Claude Monet, began exploring Japonisme. Among his contacts in London included Thomas Gibson Bowles, the owner of the publication Vanity Fair. At first, Tissot created caricatures for the magazine.

After the Franco Prussian War, Tissot arrived in London and made good use of his contacts. He quickly turned his notoriety as a French artist residing in London into commercial success. He created paintings of London's elegantly dressed women.
James Tissot, Croquet, 1877-78 Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
James Tissot, Croquet, 1877-78
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario

In 1872, he purchased a home in the St. John's Wood area of London, at the time an area popular among London's artistic elite. A visit to Tissot's studio was a social event in and of itself. In 1874 French writer and art critic Edmond de Goncourt wrote sarcastically that Tissot "had a studio with a waiting room where, at all times, there is iced champagne at the disposal of visitors." He was admitted as a member of the Arts Club in 1873. He gained popularity among wealthy British industrialists.

In 1874, Edgar Degas invited Tissot to return to France for the first exhibition organized by artists who would later become known as the impressionists, but Tissot did not participate. He was enjoying his life and success in London. He still remained friends with the impressionists though, receiving a visit from Berthe Morisot in London in 1874, and joining Edouard Manet on a visit to Venice.

Kathleen Newton
James Tissot, Mrs. Newton with a Parasol, 1878 Musee Baron Martin, Gray, France
James Tissot, Mrs. Newton with a Parasol, 1878
Musee Baron Martin, Gray, France

In 1875 or 1876, he met a beautiful young Irish divorcee, the love of his life. Mrs. Kathleen Newton became Tissot's favorite model, muse, and companion.

From 1776 onward until her death, Kathleen was the model in most of Tissot's paintings. She must have been quite an intriguing young lady. Her father, Charles Frederick Ashburnham Kelly, was an Irish army officer employed by the East India Company in Lahore, India. At the time of the Sepoy Rising of 1858, Kathleen's father was transferred to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

James Tissot, Winter or Mavourneen, or Portrait of Kathleen Newton, 1877 Private Collection
James Tissot, Winter or Mavourneen,
or Portrait of Kathleen Newton, 1877
Private Collection
James Tissot, October, 1877 The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
James Tissot, October, 1877
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
In 1870, when Kathleen was only 16, her father arranged for her to be married to a surgeon named Isaac Newton. Not to be confused for his namesake, Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. Newton was employed with the Indian Civil Service in Agra. This arranged marriage soon ended in divorce at the insistence of her surgeon husband because young Kathleen, while en route to India for their marriage, had been seduced by another suitor and became pregnant. Soon after the wedding, Kathleen informed her husband of the shipboard encounter. In India needing a solution for a difficult situation, the young Mrs. Newton's agreed with her suitor for him to provide money for her trip back to London in exchange for a promise that she would become his mistress back in London. On December 20, 1871, she gave birth to a daughter, Muriel Violet Mary Newton.
James Tissot, Hide and Seek, c 1877 National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
James Tissot, Hide and Seek, c 1877
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
James Tissot, Visiting the Louvre, 1879-80 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
James Tissot, Visiting the Louvre, 1879-80
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
James Tissot, Kathleen Newton at the Piano, c 1880-81 Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty
James Tissot, Kathleen Newton at the Piano, c 1880-81
Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty

The arrangement with her suitor seems to have fallen by the wayside after Kathleen was a young mother. After the birth, Kathleen went to live with her sister who lived in St. John's Wood section of London, an area also inhabited by many artists, including the French painter, James Tissot. In 1876 she gave birth to Cecil George Newton (believed to be Tissot's son). Mrs. Newton moved into Tissot's home later that year 1876 and remained until her untimely death due to tuberculosis, then termed "consumption," six years later at the age of 28.

James Tissot, Summer Evening or The Dreamer, 1881-1882 Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Summer Evening or The Dreamer, 1881-1882
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Hampton Court or A Visit to the Park, 1882 Collection of Ann and Godon Getty
James Tissot, Hampton Court or A Visit to the Park, 1882
Collection of Ann and Godon Getty

Tissot and Kathleen Newton did not marry. Both were Catholics, and Kathleen's divorce prevented it. But Tissot was dedicated to Kathleen and his newly found and treasured family life. She was the model and subject of many of Tissot's best paintings. It is believed that as her tuberculosis worsened, she was unable to watch Tissot's grief, and overdosed on laudanum (a bitter tasting opium preparation used to reduce pain) in November, 1882. Tissot sat by her coffin inconsolable for four days.

La Femme

After Kathleen's death, Tissot left London and returned to home to Paris.

James Tissot, Painters and their Wives or The Artists' Wives, 1883-85 Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
James Tissot, Painters and their Wives or The Artists' Wives, 1883-85
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
James Tissot, The Young Lady of the Shop Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
James Tissot, The Young Lady of the Shop, 1883-1885
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
James Tissot, Study for "The Sphinx" or Woman in an Interior, 1883-85 Private Collection
James Tissot, Study for "The Sphinx"
or Woman in an Interior, 1883-85
Private Collection

His professional return to the Paris art scene was promoted by Galerie Sedelmeyer with an exhibition entitled Pictures of Parisian Life. The exhibition featured large paintings of the modern Parisian women in both professional and social scenes.

Painters and their Wives ... The day before the opening of the annual Salon in Paris, artists traditionally applied one last coat of varnish to their pictures and then adjourned to a café to celebrate. Tissot shows this gathering on the terrace of the restaurant Ledoyen. This painting includes a portrait of Auguste Rodin with beard and spectacles, but Tissot focuses instead on the stylish women in attendance.

The Young Lady of the Shop ... shows a young woman clerk holding a wrapped package holding an open door, as if we the viewers were expected to take the package and exit the shop. The vertical lines of the door frame accentuate the dimensionality of this painting, making it most striking in person. The man on the street peering inward is interested in the other woman stretching to place an item on a high shelf. The man appears to be attracted more by her posture than by the object in her hands. The Parisian street scene, seen through the glass with passing horses and 19th century fashion adds flavor to this shop scene.

Originally, Tissot envisioned each painting to be associated with a short story from contemporary Parisian writers, but this vision was not realized.

James Tissot, The Bridesmaid, c 1883-85 Leeds Museums and Galleries, England
James Tissot, The Bridesmaid, c 1883-85
Leeds Museums and Galleries, England
James Tissot, The Ladies of the Chariots, c 1883-85 Museum of Art,  Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
James Tissot, The Ladies of the Chariots,
c 1883-85, Museum of Art,
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
James Tissot, Provincial Women, 1883-1885 Collection of Diane B. Wilsey, San Francisco
James Tissot, Provincial Women, 1883-1885
Collection of Diane B. Wilsey, San Francisco

These paintings were similar to his Vanity Fair paintings in London in that they feature exquisitely detailed renditions of modern Parisian fashion, but rather than women of the elite, these were the real women of Paris in professional and social settings. These works show the influence of Japanese prints, making use of unexpected angles and framing. He created prints of this collection to make his compositions available for a wider audience.

Family life

Although much is not written of Tissot's family life, he often used his children as models, and painted scenes of a close knit family life. His paintings in his London days with Kathleen Newton show a celebration of their children.

The Little Nimrod shows Kathleen's son Cecil George at the center, with his older sister Muriel Violet Mary lying to the right and Kathleen's two nieces lying underneath the tiger skin. These same children are pictured in Tissot's Hide and Seek pictured earlier in this article.

James Tissot, The Elder Sister, c 1879-1880 Private Collection
James Tissot, The Elder Sister, c 1879-1880
The Elder Sister, 1879-80
Private Collection
James Tissot, The Little Nimrod, c 1882-83 Musee des Beaux-Arts et d'Archeologie de Besancon, France
James Tissot, The Little Nimrod, c 1882-83
Musee des Beaux-Arts et d'Archeologie de Besancon, France
James Tissot's home in Paris, 1890's 64 Avenue de l'Imperatrice (now Avenue Foch)
James Tissot's home in Paris, pictured here in the early 1890's
64 Avenue de l'Imperatrice (now Avenue Foch)
Japonisme, Aestheticism, and Fashion Ability
James Tissot, Melancholy, c 1869, Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty
James Tissot, Melancholy, c 1869,
Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty
Tissot loved to give mysterious titles to his paintings, challenging viewers with his compositions.

The forlorn young woman in Melancholy is lost alone in her thoughts, comforted by her small dog seated by her side upon the lower parts of her flowing white dress.

The Convalescent, shows a beautiful girl in a beautiful embroidered robe, collapsed in a chair. The title suggests she is ill, but her rosy complexion and empty gaze forward suggests she's recovering from an emotional loss.
James Tissot, The Convalescent (Girl in an Armchair), 1872 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
James Tissot, The Convalescent (Girl in an Armchair), 1872
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
James Tissot, The Staircase, 1869 Coleccion Perez Simon, Mexico City
James Tissot, The Staircase, 1869
Coleccion Perez Simon, Mexico City
James Tissot, Safe to Win or The Crack Shot or At the Rifle Range, 1869 Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, England
James Tissot, Safe to Win or The Crack Shot or At the Rifle Range, 1869
Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, England
James Tissot, Young Women Looking at the Chinese Temple, 1869 Private Collection
James Tissot, Young Women Looking at the Chinese Temple, 1869
Private Collection

James Tissot, Young Women Looking at Japanese Objects, 1869 Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
James Tissot, Young Women Looking at Japanese Objects, 1869
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Some of Tissot's work shows the influence of Japonisme. Tissot along with friends James MacNeill Whistler and Edgar Degas amassed significant personal collections of Japanese prints and objects. They were not alone; many of France's artists were drawn to these Japanese artistic ideas. Claude Monet also had a large Japanese collection and Vincent Van Gogh wanted to start an art colony in the South of France with his friend Paul Gauguin inspired by the styles incorporated in Japanese prints

Portraits
James Tissot, Portrait of the Two Sisters, 1863 Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Portrait of the Two Sisters, 1863
The Two Sisters; Portrait 1863
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Portrait of Mlle L. L..., 1864 Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Portrait of Mlle L. L..., 1864
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Self Portrait, 1865 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
James Tissot, Self Portrait, 1865
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
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Although Tissot first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1859, his breakthrough came in 1864 with two portrait-like paintings, Portrait of Mlle L. L. and portrait of The Two Sisters. These two large paintings were a departure from his earlier entries which featured smaller canvases and paintings with Medieval scenes. It was noted by visitors to the Salon that Tissot possessed a skill of rendering luscious fabrics in detail, something wealthy patrons appreciated in commissioned works.

James Tissot, Portrait of the Marquis and Marquise de Miramon and Their Children, 1865, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Portrait of the Marquis and Marquise de Miramon
and Their Children
, 1865, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Spring, 1865 Coleccion Perez Dimon, Mexico City
James Tissot, Spring, 1865
Coleccion Perez Simon, Mexico City
James Tissot, Portrait of Aime Seilliere, 1866 Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany
James Tissot, Portrait of Aime Seilliere, 1866
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany
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James Tissot, Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, nee Therese Feuillant, 1866,  The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
James Tissot, Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon,
nee Therese Feuillant, 1866,
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

James Tissot, The Impresario, nd Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Given to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco  as a work by Edgar Degas. But new inquiries suggest this pieee should be attributed to James Tissot.)
James Tissot, The Impresario, nd
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
(Given to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
as a work by Edgar Degas. But new inquiries suggest this piece should be attributed to James Tissot, probably as a study for one of his paintings.)
James Tissot, The Circle of the Rue Royale, 1866-68 Musee d'Orsay, Paris (Each of the elite aristocracy pictured here chipped in an equal portion of Tissot's commission, and then raffled the painting among themselves.)
James Tissot, The Circle of the Rue Royale, 1866-68
Musee d'Orsay, Paris (Each of the elite aristocracy pictured here chipped in an equal portion of Tissot's commission, and then raffled the painting among themselves.)
James Tissot, Portrait of Captain Burnaby, 1870 National Portrait Gallery, London
James Tissot, Portrait of Captain Burnaby, 1870
National Portrait Gallery, London
James Tissot, Chrysanthemums, c 1876 Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
James Tissot, Chrysanthemums, c 1876
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
James Tissot, Portrait of Algernon Moses Marsden, 1877 Private Collection
James Tissot, Portrait of Algernon Moses Marsden, 1877
Private Collection
James Tissot, Portrait of Rev. Pere Bichet, Missionary of Gabon, 1884-85 Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
James Tissot, Portrait of Rev. Pere Bichet, Missionary of Gabon, 1884-85
Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
Medieval
James Tissot, Way of Flowers, Way of Tears or Dance of Death, 1860 Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
James Tissot, Way of Flowers, Way of Tears or Dance of Death, 1860
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

As a young artist, Tissot attended Jesuit schools in Belgium and France. He moved to Paris when he was 19 years old in 1855. He focused his early career making historical works anchored in moral themes, including a series on the parable of the Prodigal Son done in a medieval setting, and Goethe's tragic play Faust.

James Tissot, Meeting of Faust and Marguerite, 1860 Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Meeting of Faust and Marguerite, 1860
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
James Tissot, Marguerite in Church, 1860-65 National Galllery of Ireland, Dublin
James Tissot, Marguerite in Church, 1860-65
National Galllery of Ireland, Dublin

His early work shows a young man expressing his affinity for paintings he learned from. These are the kinds of paintings he saw in museums. He was also influenced by a Belgian artist known for his medieval subjects, Henri Leyes whom the young Tissot met in 1859.

Tissot's early career was dedicated to these medieval themes and his work in portraiture. This period ended with the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War and Tissot's self imposed exile in London in 1871.

During the war, Tissot served in the Eclaireurs (Scouts) of the Seine. He was a sharpshooter, but along with his rifle, he carried a sketchbook.

Tissot grew up in the war. His academic Jesuit training and his technical brilliance as a painter were now informed and shaped by Tissot's war experiences.

On Friday, September 9, 1870, a British war correspondent was surveying the scene in Paris of the Garde Mobile squads drilling near Tissot's home. It was Tommy Bowles ... the same Tommy Bowles who founded the magazine Vanity Fair in 1868. Bowles encountered the 24 year old Tissot that evening, in blue uniform and his rifle.

From this meeting, a friendship which served Tissot well as Tommy Bowles, who proved to be a valuable contact in London. Tissot fled Paris in 1871.

James Tissot, Promenade on the Ramparts, 1864 Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, California
James Tissot, Promenade on the Ramparts, 1864
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, California
James Tissot, Departure of the Prodigal Son, 1863 Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville, Paris
James Tissot, Departure of the Prodigal Son, 1863
Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville, Paris
James Tissot, Return of the Prodigal Son, 1862 Petite Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville, Paris
James Tissot, Return of the Prodigal Son, 1862
Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville, Paris
Biblical
James Tissot, The Prodigal Son in Modern Life: In Foreign Climes, 1880 Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
James Tissot, The Prodigal Son in Modern Life: In Foreign Climes, 1880
Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
James Tissot, The Prodigal Son in Modern Life: The Departure, 1880 Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
James Tissot, The Prodigal Son in Modern Life: The Departure, 1880
Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France

After his great success of painting the sumptuous genre scenes of fashionable London ladies in their stylish dresses, and after the great joys and eventual loss and sorrow of his relationship with Kathleen Newton, Tissot returned to Paris. Initially, he began painting the women of Paris, but now older, had a religious experience. He radically changed his artistic career again.

He transitioned his career to focus on Biblical themes. In his younger days, he created a series of works depicting the story of the Prodigal Son in a medieval style. In 1880, he returned to this idea, this time in contemporary France.

James Tissot, The Prodigal Son in Modern Life: The Fatted Calf, 1880 Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
James Tissot, The Prodigal Son in Modern Life: The Fatted Calf, 1880
Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
James Tissot, The Prodigal Son in Modern Life: The Return, 1880 Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
James Tissot, The Prodigal Son in Modern Life: The Return, 1880
Musee d'Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
James Tissot, The Magi on Their Way to Bethlehem, c 1886-1902, Opaque watercolor on board Brooklyn Museum, New York
James Tissot, New Testament
The Magi on Their Way to Bethlehem,
c 1886-1902, Opaque watercolor on board
Brooklyn Museum, New York
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James Tissot,The Earthquake, c 1886-1902 Opaque watercolor on board Brookland Museum, New York
James Tissot, New Testament
The Earthquake
, c 1886-1902
Opaque watercolor on board
Brooklyn Museum, New York
James Tissot, What Our Savior Saw from the Cross, c 1884-1894 Opaque watercolor on graphite, Brooklyn Museum, New York
James Tissot, New Testament
What Our Savior Saw from the Cross,
c 1884-1894 Opaque watercolor on graphite,
Brooklyn Museum, New York

Tissot's new artistic course was far different from the course of his friends who continued in impressionism and ventured into post-impressionism. He began painting Biblical scenes of the New Testament in opaque watercolor, also known as gouache. To inform the accuracy of his paintings, he made three trips to the Holy Land in 1886, 1889 and 1896 with sketchbooks in hand.

His New Testament illustrations were shown to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences in Paris, London and New York. The originals were bought by the Brooklyn Museum in 1900. They were published and the proceeds made Tissot wealthy and famous. He was awarded the Legion d'honneur, France's most prestigious medal.

The last years of his life, he began a series of paintings based on the stories of the Old Testament. He never finished this series, but 80 of these paintings were shown in Paris in 1901, the year before his death, and they were published in 1904.
ames Tissot,Building the Ark, c 1886-1902 Opaque watercolor on board The Jewish Museum, New York
James Tissot, Old Testament
Building the Ark, c 1886-1902
Opaque watercolor on board
The Jewish Museum, New York
James Tissot, The Ark Passes Over Jordan, c 1886-1902, Opaque watercolor on board The Jewish Museum, New York
James Tissot, Old Testament
The Ark Passes Over Jordan,
c
1886-1902, Opaque watercolor on board
The Jewish Museum, New York
Chateau de Buillon, inherited by Tissot in 1888 A former Abby, it is located in eastern France near the Swiss border and is where Tissot created Biblical illlustrations. He died there in 1902 at the age of 66.
Chateau de Buillon, inherited by Tissot in 1888
A former Abby, it is located in eastern France near the Swiss border and is where Tissot created Biblical illustrations. He died there in 1902 at the age of 66.

Tissot died in Doubs, France on August 8, 1902. At that time, he was living in the Chateau de Buillon, a former abbey he inherited from his father in 1888. He is buried there in the Chapel. His Biblical paintings have since become the definitive Bible images and were used in the set design for the blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark, especially the look of the Ark of the Covenant.

Beginning in the mid 20th century, his portraits of fashionable ladies again gained interest in the art market, and auction prices of Tissot's work in London and his Le Femme paintings in Paris began selling for record prices.

James Tissot was an exceptional painter, technically brilliant with a flair for telling visual stories. His genre paintings of late 20th century life in London and Paris are impressive and satisfying when seen up close and in person. Make plans now to visit the San Francisco's Legion of Honor. This exceptional exhibition runs through February 9.

James Tissot Too Early Previously in our Nov 2018 issue
French Impressionists in exile in London, 1870-1904, James Tissot 1836-1902
a 2018 Exhibition in August 2018 at the Petite Palais in Paris
Gallery Notes ...
Linda Sorensen Riversong Postcard
Riversong

36 x 24
Linda Sorensen with Kevin Brown at Corricks
Linda Sorensen with Keven Brown at Corrick's, Downtown Santa Rosa, in front of paintings included in the "Autumn's Bounty" special exhibit, now through year's end
Linda Sorensen, Staying True to her Calling
in Berkeley Law's alumni magazine The Transcript, Fall issue, 2019
Linda Sorensen Article Berkeley Law Nov 2019

Museum shows in your future ...
James Tissot Now Showing ... Oct 12 at San Francisco's Legion of Honor
James Tissot: Fashion and Faith
Legion of Honor
Now through Feb 9
James Tissot
Claude Monet Giverny Bridge
Now showing ... in Denver, CO
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature
Major lenders include the Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris;
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago;
and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Denver Art Museum
Now through Feb 2, 2020
Monet Denver Exhibition Promo photo
Hollywood Bowl Milford Zornes
Now showing ... in Orange, CA
Los Angeles Area Scene Paintings from the Hilbert Collection,
A Fine Romance: Images of Love in Classic American Illistration

Now through - April 18, 2020

Hilbert Museum
Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University
167 N. Atchison Street, Orange, CA 92866
Located across the street from the Orange Metrolink Train Station

What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
by appointment in Graton or Bodega Bay
http://www.BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com | Call or Text 707-875-2911
email: Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 |  rbc4art@renbrown.com
http://www.renbrown.com | Back to the Top
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Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings are reflections of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media.
Visit Jean's site and view examples at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

http://www.JeanWarren.com

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Sebastopol Center for the Arts IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm
Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown
IN SANTA ROSA
Corrick's Art Trails Gallery | http://www.corricks.com/arttrailsgallery
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact:: http://www.corricks.com/contact-us

Corrick's has been a Santa Rosa Treasure since 1915,
a downtown stationery store serving the community's "cultural hub."
Corrick's has long supported local artists with its impressive "ART TRAILS GALLERY,"
including paintings by Linda Sorensen.
And currently has a number of originals by Maurice Lapp ... (see our August 2017 article)

located on Fourth Street, steps away from Santa Rosa's revitalized town square
and Fourth Street's Russian River Brewery
Corricks
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery | http://www.calabigallery.com

We are located at 456 Tenth Street in Santa Rosa.
Contact us with any questions at (707) 781-7070 or info@calabigallery.com
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: info@calabigallery.com | 707-781-7070
Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork.

http://www.calabigallery.com | Back to the Top
Easton Crustacean Dancing Dream 144
Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).
http://www.AnnexGalleries.com | Back to the Top
Rik Olson

IN GRATON Graton Gallery
http://www.gratongallery.com
Sally Baker, Marylu Downing, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  | artshow@gratongallery.com
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
http://www.christopherqueengallery.com |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg Paul Mahder Gallery
http://www.paulmahdergallery.com

 (707) 473-9150 | Info@paulmahdergallery.com
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Weds - Mon, 10-6, Sundays, 10-5
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery
http://www.hammerfriar.com

 (707) 473-9600
132 Mill Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Tues - Fri 10 to 6, Sat 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 4


john Anderson
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"

Petaluma Center for the Arts

Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
The Walt Disney Family Museum
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

-- view location on Google Maps
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Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum
Permanent Collection
De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
California Historical Society


California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

James Tissot: Fashion and Faith
opens Oct 12-Feb9
-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
Oakland Museum of California

-- ongoing Gallery of California Art
-showcasing over 800 works
from the OMCA's collection

Oakland Museum Thumbnail

San Francisco
SFMOMA

Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings
through March 10, 2019
http://www.sfmoma.org

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail
Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Moraga
St Mary's College Museum of Art

Hearst Art Gallery

Hearst Art Gallery Thumbnail
Sonoma
Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA
(707) 939-7862
Sonoma Museum of Art Exterior Thumb
Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum

http://www.gracehudsonmuseum.org
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas
Bolinas Museum

featuring their permanent collection,
including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch,
Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby,
Russell Chatham, Alfred Farnsworth
.

Elizabeth Holland McDaniel Bolinas Embarcadero thumbnail
Walnut Creek
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

approximately 2,000 20th & 21st
century artworks including paintings, sculpture,
new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
San Jose Museum of Art Thumbnail
Monterey
Monterey Museum of Art

Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune

http://www.montereyart.org
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Monterey
Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
NEW TWO-YEAR LONG EXHIBIT
COMING ... Jan 26 - May 17
Granville Redmond, The Eloquent Palette

& their marvelous Permanent Collection
http://www.crockerartmuseum.org
Sacramento
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
Capitol Museum Sacramento Thumbnail Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum

-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
Southern California (and Arizona)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures
from the colonial period to World War II—
a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine (now part of UC-Irvine)
The Irvine Museum
El Camino del Oro, Sept 14 - Jan 11
Paintings of the California Missions era
by many of California's noted artists

Irvine Museum Thumbnail
Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange
Hilbert Museum, Chapman University
Collecting the Art of California
at Gardena, California High School, 1919-1956

Now through - Oct 19, 2019

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
Pasaden
Norton Simon Museum
-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena San Marino (near Pasadena)
The Huntington Library

American Art Collection
Paintings by John Singer Sargent,
Edward Hopper, Robert Henri,
Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran,
William Keith, Mary Cassatt,
Thomas Hart Benton and many more.

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail

Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

Palm Springs Art Museum Thumbnail
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum Los Angeles
California African American Art Museum
adjacent to the LA Coliseum
(see our newsletter articleof their
Ernie Barne's Exhibition September 2019)


California African American Art Museum
& Beyond
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)


Honolulu Museum of Art Kamuela, HI (Big Island)
Issacs Art Center
65-1268 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI  96743
(See our Dec '16 article "Hawaii's Paul Gauguin," 
modernist Madge Tennent, 1889-1972)

Isaacs Art Center
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
( see our article Mar 2018
French and American Paintings )
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art
Portland Art Museum Thumbnail
Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
Art Institute of Chicago Thumbnail
Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art Thumbnail
Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
The Brooklyn Museum Thumbnail
New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art

The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York New York , NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Its extensive collection of American Art
Metropolitan Museum New York
Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts Ottawa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art
Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum Exterior


 

By appointment only or online ... email or call ... Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com / 707-875-2911

... IN GRATON, CA ...
Linda Sorensen's studio and Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's showroom is now located in Atelier One, Graton. You may view all paintings in Linda Sorensen's or Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's online offerings. Call or email for an appointment.

... IN YOUR HOME ... Call or email for a an appointment. If appropriate, we'll bring the art to you (up to 200 miles from Bodega Bay).

... ONLINE ... Call or email about pieces which interest you. We offer FedEx shipping (included in price) in the U.S. for major purchases.


At present, we are acquiring few paintings. We are interested in considering works by Joshua Meador, or exceptional paintings by a few other Historic California artists. We do not do miscellaneous consignments but do represent artist estates. We do not provide appraisal services.

DO NOT CALL AND EXPECT A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER REGARDING YOUR PAINTING (especially, do not leave a voicemail message requiring us to phone you), ... INSTEAD, Please EMAIL US (Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com) along with a high resolution jpeg image of your painting. Include the name of the artist, its title, dimensions and condition. Please include any history or provenance. Rather than responding off the cuff, in a timely fashion we will read your note, do our homework, and write back and let you know if we wish to acquire your painting or we may give you our our ideas on how best to market your painting through other resources.