The Widower  1876

by James Tissot

Though not without a mawkish quality, this atypical work by the French painter James Tissot bespeaks an essential sincerity. The identity of the father clinging so morosely to his child is not known. They may simply have been models. The setting, however, can be identified as the garden of Tissot's London residence in St John's Wood, a property that later passed to his col...
116.3 x 75.5 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Gallery of New South Wales