Terra Incognita: Prints by Tissot

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James Tissot (French, 1836 – 1902); 'Summer Evening,' 1882; etching and drypoint on paper; gift of Ronald J. Strahan, 2005.32.1
Terra Incognita: Prints by Tissot is an exhibition of works on paper by the 19th-century French artist James Jacques-Joseph Tissot (1836–1902) from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection. From the mid-1870s on, the artist’s work was “haunted”—in the words of Tissot scholar Christopher Wood—by the likeness of Kathleen Newton, a young divorcée who was rumored to be the mother of his illegitimate child. The works on display in 'Terra Incognita' reflect Newton’s influence on Tissot’s work and, more broadly, speak to the evolving and fraught position of women in 19th-century European society.

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