Aug 6, 2020

Tissot's Treasures: Montrésor


Another first for A Year in Fromage: A post written jointly by me and Ginger (my daughter) in English and then translated by Ginger into French. Will there be some errors? Certainly! Loose translations? You betcha! Do we care? Not really (though we certainly welcome all edifying corrections!)... 

Over a decade ago when Melissa Buron was preparing for her interview to work at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF, which encompasses both the De Young Museum and the Legion of Honor), a stranger at the library asked if she knew that the Legion was one of the few museums in the world to have a self-portrait of James Tissot (1836-1902). She didn’t, but in the name of due diligence, she researched both the painting and the artist. Not only did those preparations lead to her landing the job and eventually becoming a lead curator and the Director of the Art Division at the FAMSF, that chance moment in the library led to her becoming one of the world’s foremost experts on Tissot (currently the subject of her doctoral thesis for the University of London) and spearheading a nearly 7-year campaign to mount an unprecedented exhibit worthy of the artist.

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