Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Tissot's Ladies

Sometimes, a cup of tea in my hand and my head in a cloud, I wish I was a lady in a Tissot painting...

James Tissot, The Farewell, 1871

I still remember the first time I saw this very painting, in 1998 (precise, is it not?).  It made a very strong impression in my then teenage mind and its ghost has been following me since. Have you noticed the lady's scissors?  Back in the victorian era it was not uncommon for a lady to carry her scissors with her, but I have always thought that this detail gives a special aura to The Farewell.

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