The Hammock by James Tissot

Tissot plays to the idea of luxury, langour, and love. Idly reading her newspaper, Kathleen Newton tempts the male viewer with a glimpse of petticoat. The sleeping dog appears as Tissot’s alter-ego; dogs were associated with both fidelity and sexual desire. With its yellow paper cover, the book on the rug is probably French, and this too may be a symbolic hint at Tissot’s own presence, as though he may just have been sitting and reading at his mistress’s feet.
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Tags: dog hammock
Media: oil on canvas