This morning’s NYTimes has an article and slide show about the current exhibition of Tissot’s extensive works on the life of Christ at the Brooklyn Museum. As a lover of gouache – opaque watercolor – I wish I could get up close to these gems. Besides the story-telling power of 350 near-miniature, highly researched images I am struck by Tissot’s beautiful control over a strict palette. Primarily white, blue-grays, ochres and siennas with touches of greens, Tissot has unified the imagery without any sacrifice of emotional power or visual interest.
The Brooklyn Museum’s web site has additional images from the show on display – www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/james_tissot/ – as well as the show’s catalog which includes ALL 350 for the images from the series.
If anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas, here’s a very big hint.