James Jacques Joseph Tissot (October 15, 1836 — August 8, 1902) was a Frenchpainter etcher and illustrator.
Tissot was born at Nantes. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris underIngres, Flandrin and Lamothe, and exhibited in the Paris Salon for the first time at the age of twenty-three. In 1861 he showed The Meeting of Faust and Marguerite, which was purchased by the state for the Luxembourg Gallery. His first characteristic period made him a painter of the charms of women. Demi-mondaine would be more accurate as a description of the series of studies which he called La Femme a Paris.
It was many years before he turned to the chief labor of his career, the production of a series of 700 watercolor drawings to illustrate the life of Christ and the Old Testament. He disappeared from Paris, whither he had returned after the death of Kathleen Newton, and went to Palestine. In 1896 the series of 350 drawings of incidents in the life of Christ was exhibited in Paris, and the following year found them on show in London. They were then published by the firm of Lemercier in Paris, who had paid him 1,100,000 francs for them. (Over 500 related drawings, watercolors and oils are now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.)
Here we have a great impression of James Tissot “Renee Crying at the Piano”, Etching-Drypoint, plate signed from a edition of 550. This and the second work were published 1884 by G. Charpentier, Paris. Each work measures 5.50 by 3.75 inches on antique laid paper in good condition