An illustration of the traditional story of a man trying to choose between two women. The three are depicted on a boat with both ladies carrying parasols and tartan blankets. This scene of leisure has the warships of Portsmouth in the background.
38.1 x 54.6 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 38.1 x 54.6 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.