Portrait of a Pilgrim – Tissot

James Tissot concluded his series of Biblical paintings with this funerary self-portrait. In this painting, Tissot has depicted himself as a pilgrim ready for his final destination, standing among the articles of his deathbed. The table, crucifix, candles, holy water, funeral wreaths, and covered casket are all set out. The flames on the candles flicker, calling to mind the passage of the soul. The artist has signed his initials in the background, with a funeral wreath surrounding the letters.

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