In the late 1850s, Tissot made his debut in Paris, where his passion for Japanese art and his connections with the most influential circles helped to promote his paintings. In the melting pot in which Paris was located, at a time when modernity, formulated by Baudelaire, found expression in the paintings of Whistler, Manet and Degas, Tissot with his image of a dandy was popular in a fashionable society.
After the war of 1870 and the Paris Commune, he moved to London and continued his career. Gradually, his work focused on the initially radiant, and then increasingly fragile figure of his companion, Kathleen Newton, who was always present in his paintings. After her death in 1882, Tissot decided to return to France.
His career continued with portrayals of Parisian women of various social classes, engaged in various professions, studies of mystical and religious topics, the Prodigal Son series and hundreds of Bible illustrations, which brought him great fame at the turn of the 19th century.
The exhibition presents both the great successes of the artist in painting, who often created cult images, and his most daring experiments. The exhibition also examines his materials and drawing techniques, topics that were dear to him and their variations, as well as his desire to express himself in various media such as prints and photographs.