James Tissot The Soul of the Good Thief (L’âme du bon Larron) Colored Etching
We have a great impression of a Rare James Tissot “L’ame du bon Larron” colored-etched-gravure (with plate mark), plate signed from an edition of 250 (estimated edition size), as many of these of the period were produced PRIOR to the later images reproduced in the bound volumes In LITHIOGRAPHY.
This work were published in 1896 by Cercle Liberie, Paris, (see second image of the Publisher Blindstamp) After the artist watercolor (collection of The Brooklyn Museum) work measures 9.5 by 6.25 inches with a plate mark measuring 8 by 11.50 inches on wove paper in good condition.
James Jacques Joseph Tissot (October 15, 1836 — August 8, 1902) was a French painter 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.)