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The Departure, from the Prodigal Son portfolio

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The Departure

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The Departure, 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 B

Dimensions

12 1/4 × 14 11/16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Looking down with a remote expression, the young man appears uninterested in his father’s requests and impatient to take his inheritance and be on his way.

The subtle tones of aquatint and the velvety lines of drypoint are perfectly suited to describe the solid furniture, silver tea set, and other domestic details that reveal the family’s prosperous middle-class status. Ship rigging glimpsed through the window and a ship’s model on the mantle indicate the source of this prosperity to be maritime trade, the lifeblood of the English economy in the nineteenth century.

Credit

Purchase for the Ralph K. Uhry Collection

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