Artist James Tissot: From the Risqué to the Divine

Catholic Herald, Laura Freeman: Ladies in hammocks,” fumed the art critic for the Spectatorafter an exhibition of James Tissot’s paintings in 1877, “showing a very unnecessary amount of petticoat and stocking, and remarkable for little save their indolence and insolence.” The critic for the Telegraph, equally uneasy about hammocks, was concerned for the artist’s moral health. The sooner Tissot abandoned his painted gardens “full of hammocks, rocking-chairs, Japanese knick-knacks, bull-rushes, and slim sirens in black silk stockings and high-heeled shoes, the better it will be”. Full article is here.