JAMES JOSEPH TISSOT (1836-1902)
Portrait of Miss L... (Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée)

Portrait of Miss L... (Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée)
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JAMES JOSEPH TISSOT (1836-1902)
Portrait of Miss L... (Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée)

1876 London
POA
Height363.00 mm
14.29 inches
Width205.00 mm
8.07 inches
Tissot settled in London in 1871 and took up etching in 1875. Most of his printmaking activity was carried out in the following seven years when he lived in the city. He returned to France in 1882.

Portrait of Miss L... (Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée)
Portrait of Miss L... (A door should be either open or shut)
Béraldi 16
Drypoint, 1876. The plate signed and dated.
Additionally stamped with Tissot's 'red' monogram (Lugt 1545 - used for selected proofs).

Based, in reverse, on Tissot's oil portrait of the same year, exhibited in 1877 at the Grosvenor Gallery, London as "A Portrait, lent by the artist".
It was Tissot himself who gave the drypoint its present title, in the catalogue of his etchings that he published in 1886.
The subtitle was presumably suggested by the short play of that title by Alfred de Musset and the 'proverb' delivered therein by the Marquise.

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