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James Joseph Jacques Tissot

1836-1902. French illustrator. Born at Nantes, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris and fled to England when the Commune took over (1871). He gained a reputation as a portrait and genre painter, but finally became an illustrator (see his series of watercolors, La femme à Paris, and aquarelles on life in London). Returning to Paris, he experienced great attraction to Christ, arising from his work on La femme qui chante dans l'église, which took him regularly to church. This practice then inspired his Christ appears to console two Unfortunates in a Ruin, and OT illustrations later. After a year of study in Palestine, he spent ten years on several hundred aquarelles on gospel scenes. Vie de Notre-Seigneur Jésus-Christ (1896).