Young Woman in a Rocking Chair, study for the painting "The Last Evening"

Object Details

Title:

Young Woman in a Rocking Chair, study for the painting "The Last Evening"

Artist/Maker(s):

Jacques Joseph Tissot (French, 1836 - 1902)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1873

Medium:

Brush with gouache and watercolor, over graphite

Dimensions:

28.7 x 43.2 cm (11 5/16 x 17 in.)

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Jacques Joseph Tissot made this drawing as an elaborate study for a well-known painting, The Last Evening,now in the collection of the Guildhall Art Gallery in London.

The young woman is contemplating the departure of her love, a sailor who is preparing to go out to sea. Tissot, who often drew and painted people in introspective states of mind, captured her sitting pensively in a rocking chair. She seems lost in thought, staring forward. The fingertips of her right hand barely rest against her pale cheek while her legs extend to reach the chair's footrest. He portrays the woman's clothes realistically, carefully depicting her black-and-white plaid tunic, and juxtaposing it with the brown-red tartan of her skirt. A hat wrapped in gauzy fabric surrounds her shock of strawberry-blonde hair. Tissot used heightening to create vivid and shiny highlights along the chair's frame, while gentle shadows fall beneath the chair, adding depth. His use of gouache simulates the look of oil painting.

Tissot's friend, Margaret Freebody, served as the model for the study and painting. Freebody's husband and brother appear in the painting as well, which depicts the figures gathered on the deck of a ship.

Provenance

Private Collection (USA)

Private Collection (Switzerland) [sold, Christie's, London, November 28, 2001, lot 22, to Katrin Bellinger]

1999-2000

with Dickinson Roundell, Inc. (NYC), on behalf of a private collector

2001

Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel (Munich), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002

Exhibitions
The Prismatic Palette: Four Centuries of Watercolors (October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005, (Cat.)
Defining Modernity: European Drawings 1800-1900 (June 5 to September 9, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 5 to September 9, 2007, (Cat.)
Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings (July 19 to October 23, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 19 to October 23, 2011, (Cat.)