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Young Ladies

James Tissot

French, 1836-1902

Oil on canvas

 

Wearing sumptuously tailored dresses, these well-to-do young ladies lean in to admire a Japanese statuette of a warrior. During the mid-1800's in Paris, collection and appreciating Japanese decorative arts was a central leisure-time pursuit of the upper middle class.

 

Tissot avidly enjoyed this practice himself, and he depicted objects from his own collection here. Several critics remarked on the contemporary character of this work (or another of the painting's three versions) when it was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1859.

 

Lent by a Private Collector

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Taken on December 3, 2010