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Henri Fantin-Latour, Self-portrait (1859), Museum of Grenoble
 
 
Henri Fantin-Latour (14 January 1836 – 25 August 1904) was a French painter and lithographer best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers.


Biography
He was born Ignace Henri Jean Théodore Fantin-Latour in Grenoble, Isère. As a youth, he received drawing lessons from his father, who was an artist. In 1850 he entered the Ecole de Dessin, where he studied with Lecoq de Boisbaudran. After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1854, he devoted much time to copying the works of the old masters in the Musée du Louvre. Although Fantin-Latour befriended several of the young artists who would later be associated with Impressionism, including Whistler and Manet, Fantin's own work remained conservative in style.

Whistler brought attention to Fantin in England, where his still-lifes sold so well that they were "practically unknown in France during his lifetime". In addition to his realistic paintings, Fantin-Latour created imaginative lithographs inspired by the music of some of the great classical composers.

In 1875, Henri Fantin-Latour married a fellow painter, Victoria Dubourg, after which he spent his summers on the country estate of his wife's family at Buré, Orne in Lower Normandy, where he died of lyme disease on 25 August 1904.

He was interred in the Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris, France

Legacy
Marcel Proust mentions Fantin-Latour's work in In Search of Lost Time:

Many young women's hands would be incapable of doing what I see there,' said the Prince, pointing to Mme de Villeparisis's unfinished watercolours. And he has asked her whether she had seen the flower painting by Fantin-Latour which had recently been exhibited. (The Guermantes Way)

His first major UK gallery exhibition in 40 years took place at the Bowes Museum in April 2011.

The painting "A basket of roses" was used as the cover of New Order's album Power, Corruption & Lies by Peter Saville in 1983.

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A Studio at Les Batignolles, Un atelier aux Batignolles, parody, "Worshipping Manet", 1870
 
 
 
 

By the Table







Poppies







The temptation of St. Anthony








Still Life with a Carafe, Flowers and Fruit








Flowers and Fruit







Vase of Flowers
 
 
 
 



La Lecture





La Source





Nymphs



 



Petite Orientale Couchee
1904

 
 
 

Naiad
1896





Self Portrait
1860


 


Woman at Her Toillette
1898


 


Still Life with Flowers and Fruit
1866






Still Life
1869



 

Mademoiselle de Fitz-James
1867

 
 
 
 

Still Life With Pansies
1874





Diana and Her Handmaidens
1892






Bathers aka The Secret
1896





Bathsheba
1903





Homage to Delacroix
1864





The Bath
1892






The Bather
1904

 
 
 
 



Charlotte Dubourg, 1882





Sonia, 1890, National Gallery of Art





Édouard Manet, 1867





Marie-Yolande de Fitz-James, 1867





Madame Lerolle 1882





Aurora






Danae





Venus and Cupido, (1867).





Still Life, Corner of a Table, 1873





Vase of Roses, 1875





Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1865





Still Life: Glass, Silver Goblet and Cup of Champagne, 1871





Self-Portrait, pencil, charcoal, & whitening, 1860

 
 
 
 
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