Josephine Fesser (or ‘Madame Fesser’) went down in history as the friend and protector of J.B. Jongkind. Interested as she was in ‘contemporary’ art, and especially in the work of Jongkind, from 1861 onwards she took care of the artist, who was often ill and depressed. Together they moved into a house in Paris, where she cared for him and arranged his affairs. They regularly travelled to Nevers, where Madame Fesser’s husband worked as a chef for some time, and to Normandy (Honfleur), Antwerp, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, Lake Geneva and La Côte-Saint-André. It was during these times of peace and harmony that Jongkind’s style took on its final form, leading into his most famous period. From 1872 onwards, Madame Fesser (who was an art instructor herself) also started painting in a style very similar in colour and tone to that of her ward Jongkind.