The story of James Tissot is fascinating. Boy grows up in a family of successful merchants, and at 17, expresses his wish to become an artist. Father does not approve, but Mother, a successful, hat designer, understands his desire and encourages his ambitions. He fights in the Franco-Prussian War, leaves the port town of his youth and becomes a successful painter in England, where he also learns etching techniques and draws caricatures for Vanity Fair. He falls in love. It changes his life, his art.

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