James Tissot (1836-1902), was a French, neo-classical painter; he spent part of his life in London. His paintings depict mostly scenes from life of wealthy bourgeoisie and elegant women. The model for the majority of his paintings was Kathleen Newton – an Irish divorcee and love of his life. Tissot particularly liked chestnuts – they are present on many of his paintings. In the last stage of his artistic activity he totally devoted himself to religious painting.