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Melissa Buron

Twixt Two Worlds : James Tissot’s The Life of Christ and the Visual Language of Spiritualism.

James Tissot (1836–1902) is typically remembered for his paintings of elegant women and debonair men, which emphasise the material over the spiritual, yet his approximately three hundred and fifty watercolour interpretations of scenes and subjects from the New Testament for La Vie de Notre-Seigneur Jésus-Christ (or The Life of Christ), represent the majority of his work in the final two decades of his career.  This thesis reconsiders key images in Tissot’s The Life of Christ series through the lenses of the Catholic Revival and nineteenth-century Spiritualism’s visual vocabularies.

Supervisor: Professor Lynda Nead

Image: Tissot, The Mediumistic Apparition.