James Jacques Joseph Tissot (October, 15, 1836 – August, 8, 1902) was a French artist. Throughout his career he practised in painting charming women, drawing caricatures (for "Vanity Fair" magazine), writing portraits and genre pictures. But the main work of his life became the series of watercolours illustrating Old and New Testaments. He had only time for over 500 drawings, watercolours and oil paintings about life of Christ, that were partly created in Palestine. His biblical works were marked with enormous attention paid to details of landscapes and strived to the high realism in depicting his characters. Up to his death in 1902 he had been working on illustrations to the Old Testament. Among his famous pictures are the following: "The Meeting of Faust and Marguerite" (1861), "Gentleman in a Railway Carriage" (1872), "The Circle of the Rue Royale" (1862), "Lilacs", (1875), "On the Thames" (1874), "Pope in Jerusalem" (1890).