Image: Promenade dans la niege (A Winter's Walk)
(Nantes, France, 1836 - 1902, Buillon, France)

Promenade dans la niege (A Winter's Walk) , 1880

Drypoint and Etching on paper
22 in. x 10 1/2 in. (55.88 cm x 26.67 cm)
Source Unknown
1948.336
Kathleen Newton, Tissot's British mistress, is shown here as the personification of winter.  Using female figures to represent the seasons or months of the year was a device popular among French and British artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  A skilled printmaker as well as painter, Tissot used the drypoint engraving technique-in which grooves carved into the metal printing plate are not smoothed out and thus deposit thicker, slightly blurred lines of ink onto the paper-to render Newton's sumptuous fur collar.
  
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