James Tissot: artist of the scriptures

Return of the Prodigal Son by James Tissot

H/T to Deacon Greg over at his Bench for links to two videos on an exhibit of the work of James Tissot, an artist whom both Deacon Kandra and I favor on our blogs.

The videos are from Currents, "a half-hour news magazine program telling stories of people of faith from around the block and around the world. Founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, New York, Currents is the first daily Catholic news program."

The first video is an interview with the curator of the exhibit and includes interesting biographical material on Tissot; the second is a closer look at the exhibit itself.

Above and below are three different depictions of the Return of the Prodigal Son, all painted by Tissot. (The Gospel in Year C of the lectionary for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mar 14) is the story of the Prodigal Son.)

Click on any of the three images for a larger version!

Return of the Prodigal Son by James Tissot

Return of the Prodigal Son by James Tissot

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  1. I have seen the video from Currents. Tissot's work is wonderful. I am pretty sure that commenter Paul, from the Burgh and the City has used Tissot images on his blog.

    Currents is a fantastic show and available far beyond Brooklyn thanks to the internet.

  2. What I love about Tissot is the photo realism without any hint of the kitsch so common in religious art of the late 19th century.

    Overly feminized "Kissy Jesus" type paintings give me the shudders.

    Thanks for the link--

  3. I visited the James Tissot exhibit earlier this year at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. It was powerful.

    The museum docent said that Tissot began his series on the life of Christ after having a mystical experience at a church in Paris.

  4. The curator on the first link says the same, Paul - but I couldn't find that in any bio online.


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