Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Discontentment—Plight of a Parisian Lady and Her Pug

James Tissot, Young Lady in a Boat, 1870?, oil on canvas, Private Collection

French artist James Tissot (1836-1902) created a world of stylish women, often engaged in social activities ranging from midday luncheons to evening balls.  However, the lovely subject of Young Lady in a Boat seems to be abandoned by her friends, both male and female—her sole company, a loyal pug.

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