Picnic scene set in the Tissot’s garden in the wealthy north London suburb of St John’s Wood. Tea, cake, meat and empty bottles are depicted on a white tablecloth with figures surrounding it.
76.2 x 99.4 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 76.2 x 99.4 cm ® Tate, London
The early works of French painter James Tissot were literary and historical, often on Faustian themes. He was influenced by Oriental art like his friends Degas and Whistler and he painted in great detail. He was criticised for his lack of narrative which linked him to the Aesthetic movement. From 1876 he lived with his muse and mistress Kathleen Newton but after her death in 1882 returned to Paris.