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Seaside (July: Specimen of a Portrait), 1878

oil on fabric, Framed: 112.08 x 85.41 x 6.35 cm (44 1/8 x 33 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches); Unframed: 87.50 x 61.00 cm (34 7/16 x 24 inches). Bequest of Noah L. Butkin 1980.288

This painting belongs to a series of allegories representing various months of the year. The sitter’s relaxed pose and the distant beach suggest a summer vacation by the sea. Bright sunlight is reflected off the sand and filtered through the awning into the room, where it rebounds from
the woman’s ruffled dress onto her face. The model has been identified as Kathleen Newton, Tissot’s British mistress from 1876 until her death in 1882.
Bequest of Noah L. Butkin 1980.288

Signed upper left in window sash: J. J. Tissot

London, Grosvenor Gallery. Summer Exhibition (1878), no. 34, July (Specimen of a Portrait).
Possibly Victoria & Albert Museum (according to Noah L. Butkin, in letter to CMA; could not be verified).
New Haven, CT 9/22-11/28/99; Musée du Quebec 12/15/99 - 3/12/00; Buffalo, NY Albright-Knox Gallery 3/24/00 - 7/2/00 "James Tissot. Victorian Life/Modern Love" exh. cat. no.52, pp 124-125.
CMA (organizer). Beijing World Art Museum, China, May 26 - Aug. 27, 2006; Mori Arts Center, Tokyo, Japan: Sept. 9 - Nov. 26, 2006; Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea: Dec. 18, 2006 - March 31, 2007; Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea: Apr. 7 - May 20, 2007; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: June 9 - Sept. 16, 2007; Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, Feb. 21-June 1, 2008; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, June 22 - September 21, 2008; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, October 12, 2008 - January 18, 2009: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France (9/20/2012 - 1/12/2013); Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY (2/19/2013 - 5/27/2013); Art Institute of Chicago, IL (6/29/2013 - 9/22/2013): "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity", ex. cat. no. 39, p. 157.

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