Henri Fantin Latour Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions

1-14-1836 Grenoble, FRA – 8-28-1904 Normandy, FRA

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Fantin Latour, Henri

Ignace Henri Fantin-Latour was born of mixed French and Russian parents. From 1850 to 1856, he studied at the Petite École de Dessin by copying Italian Old Masters, such as Titian and Paolo Veronese.

Despite the fact that he is considered an 'establishment' painter who exhibited throughout his career at the Salon and the Royal Academy, Henri Fantin-Latour associated with the avant-garde, specifically the circle of artists surrounding Manet whose realism influenced the style of his own portraits.

Henri Fantin-Latour is best known for his luxurious flower pieces but he also painted several group portraits that are important historical documents and show his friendship with leading avant-garde artists. Despite artistic differences, the contemporary artists featured in his portrait oil paintings, it is to his credit that we know what many of these literary and artistic persons of the time looked like.

Fantin worked outside the fashionable art movements of the day, having little in common with the Impressionists. His sources of inspiration derived from artists of the past such as Titian, Watteau, and Chardin, whose works he studied in the Louvre.

Henri Fantin-Latour turned towards idealism in his last years, presaging the Symbolist movement in his search to depict his inner visions. His work influenced the Symbolist movement of the late nineteenth century. Ironically, it was his flowers and still-lifes which brought him fame and for which he is remembered.

In 1876, Henri Fantin-Latour married Victoria Dubourg a fellow painter, and they spent their summers on her families country estate at Bure.

In spite of his associations with such progressive artists, Fantin-Latour withdrew from this active society to paint group portraits and still life in his own conservative style. His method of handling paint produced an effect of mysterious distance, photographic in its realistic rendering of texture and color. Today, his paintings sell for as much as US$2.5 million.

Art Movement: Realism.
Artists Influencing Henri Fantin-Latour: Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran, Edouard Manet, Titian, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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