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In Foreign Climes, from the Prodigal Son portfolio

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In Foreign Climes

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In Foreign Climes, from the Prodigal Son portfolio

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot
French, 1836–1902

Date

1881

Medium

Drypoint and aquatint on paper

Accession #

74.36 C

Dimensions

12 1/4 × 14 11/16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

The errant son wastes his inheritance in the pursuit of sensual pleasures in an East Asian–fantasy version of a disreputable dance hall. Although the scene as such is apt to offend modern sensibilities about ethnic and gender stereotyping, Tissot’s unusual bisected composition and multiplication of the dancers’ forms gives this print a satisfying formal strength.

Credit

Purchase for the Ralph K. Uhry Collection

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