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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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James Tissot's combination of Realism and Impressionism produced a charming style which thousands of art followers have chosen to add to their own homes in the form of art print reproductions.

Many of us are drawn to paintings that not only provide an aesthetic beauty, but also tell us historical tales. The Victorian era was full of this combination and Tissot was very much at the forefront. His desire to reproduce scenes of real life perhaps entertain us more now than they would have then, because of the contrast that they offer from our own realities. In a similar way, costume dramas continue to retain a huge popularity within the western world as we long for the simple but beautiful eras of the past. Some prefer art which provides an immediate beauty, with little interest in messages or hidden meanings. Tissot himself was a strong minded individual who was determined not to lose his own independent style, even though there are so many similarities between his work and other notable French painters of that time.

A large number of retailers online will offer a good selection of paintings by James Tissot and as copyright is no-longer relevant to his career, they can be purchased at fairly reasonable prices. When selecting any artwork you must consider its style and composition to best select the most appropriate customising options for your print. In other words, where an artist inserts huge amounts of detail across large canvases, then a small print would not faithfully reproduce the qualities that they had as an artist. In the example of this artist, his work was complex and detailed and larger prints offer us an opportunity to appreciate some of these details with our own eyes. There is also a charm around realism and impressionism more generally that would be lost with some of the smaller dimension of prints that some prefer to go for, perhaps simple abstract pieces would work better at that size.

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