OIL PAINTING: Waiting for the Ferry, c.1878
Jacques-Joseph Tissot was born in Nantes in a seaport on the French coast. Throughout his life he retained an affinity and fascination with all things nautical, and his marked ability to accurately paint rigging and shipboard scenes must have come from his boyhood. Tissot was the son of a very prosperous, successful shopkeeper, who was a devout Roman Catholic. Unsurprisingly the young Tissot was sent away to a boarding school run by Jesuits. Tissot senior seems to have been unenthusiastic about the prospect of his son becoming an artist, but eventually accepted the inevitability of his son's artistic pretensions forming the basis of his career.