James Tissot 1836 – 1902

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1862)

oil on canvas — 1862
private collection

James Tissot biography

This work is linked to Luke 15:21

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Here, the story of the prodigal son is located in Paris. The city still looks medieval, so it must have been in a neighborhood not yet touched by Hausmann's urban renovation plans.

The son has spent all his money and now returns to his father, almost without any clothes left. The father welcomes him lovingly without a word of rebuke.

This painting shows Tissot's sense of detail. He made another version in 1882, set against the port of London.

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