Late in his career he painted many biblical characters and scenes. One of the most famous is a picture painted from the perspective of Jesus hanging on the cross and what Tissot imagined Jesus would have seen. The painting of the crucifixion is a very intriguing perspective.
The two paintings seen here depict the prodigal son leaving home and the other his return. Notice the figures in both scenes. Make special note of the expressions of the older brother in both pictures. Certainly the different roads the brothers take increase the intensity and intrigue of the story. One wonders how the brothers finally get along after the return. The signs are not good. Did the prodigal son gain a brother upon the prodigal's return? And did the elder brother who remained by his father's side gain a brother upon the return of the prodigal? And how did the father understand sonship?
One last question is provoked by the two paintings. There is a woman in both scenes that could be the mother. There is no mention of the mother in the story. However, one wonders what must have been transpiring in her heart and mind. What did she think when the young son left? And what of his return?