Artist: James Tissot (French 1836-1902)
Title: Le Petit Nemrod (A little Nimrod)
Original mezzotint printed in black ink
Printed 1886 Paris
Second state with letters, edition of approximately 200.
A very good impression.
Signed in the plate in the title margin below the image lower right J.J. Tissot.
Reference: Tissot 89; Beraldi 74; Wentworth 83.
Shipped rolled via FedEx.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Sheet Size: 25 7/8 in x 19 in / 65.7 cm x 48.2 cm
Image Size: 22 1/8 x 16 3/4 / 56.2 cm x 42.5 cm
Nimrod: A skillful hunter. Nimrod is described in Genesis as "the first on earth to be a mighty man" and "a mighty hunter before the Lord."
Le Petit Nemrod, oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay
Le Petit Nemrod is situated in a park where children play under the watchful eye of their mother or nanny. The little boy on the rocking horse is Cecil George (the little Nimrod), son of Kathleen Newton (the love of Tissot’s life) and the other youngsters are Cecil’s half-sister Violet and two cousins. Le Petit Nimrod was painted as “a nostalgic memory of happy hours… a recollection of a chapter in his life.”
"Son of a fabric merchant, Tissot left for Paris in 1856 in order to study at the École des Beaux-Arts under Louis Lamothe and Hippolyte Flandrin. Tissot, in his early career, was influenced by Belgian history painter Henry Leys, which resulted in such paintings as those illustrating Goethe's Faust. In Paris he became close friends with James A. M. Whistler, Degas , and later Morisot and Manet. Tissot made his debut at the Salon of 1859, and in 1864 he showed his first works depicting scenes of modern life.
He became quite successful, and by 1865 his financial troubles had disappeared. His fame had already spread to the other side of the Channel, and in 1864 he exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy in London. Intrigued by Japanese art, Tissot amassed a renowned collection and painted some fashionable japonaiseries. In 1870 he fought in the Franco-Prussian War and joined the Paris Commune. He left the war-ravaged city in 1871 for London, where his success continued. Degas asked him to participate in the first impressionist exhibition in 1874, but he declined.
Around 1875 he met Kathleen Newton, who became his companion until her death at age twenty-eight. Overcome with grief, he moved back to Paris. There he had a large solo exhibition in 1883 at the Palais de l'Industrie, showing paintings, works on paper, and enamels. Two years later he exhibited Quinze tableaux sur la femme à Paris, depicting the life of the modern urban woman. From that point on, Tissot became deeply involved with spiritualism and religion. He departed completely from secular subjects and began illustrating the life of Christ." (ClevlandArt.org)