Henri Fantin-Latour (full name Henri Jean Theodore Fantin-Latour) was born on January 14, 1836 in in Grenoble, Rhene-Alpes, France. He was a French painter and lithographer.
Biography and Career :
In 1841, his family moved to Paris. He started drawing at an early age, taught by his father, Theodore Fantin-Latour, who was a portrait painter. In 1850 he began studying under Lecoq de Boisbaudran. From 1853 on, he regularly copied works by the old masters in the Louvre, as well as paintings by Delacroix in the Musee du Luxembourg, and for twelve years lived mainly by copying.
He met Degas in the Louvre in 1855, Manet in 1857 and Berthe Morisot in 1858. In 1859 Whistler invited him to visit London, where through Alphonse Legros and the amateur engraver Edwin Edwards he became
associated with the artistic milieu of the English capital, and in 1864 exhibited at the Royal Academy. In London he was especially popular for his flowerpieces, which he began to paint in the same year. He first exhibited at the Salon in Paris in 1861, and in 1862 along with Manet, Legros, Whistler and J ongkind he joined the Societe des Aquafortistes.
His painting Feerie was displayed at the Salon des Refuses in 1863. His portrait' groups, Hommage a Delacroix (1864), The Toast (1865), Atelier anx Batignolles (1870), At the Table (1872), Ronnd the Piano (1885) and others, make up a rich gallery of prominent personalities of his time: artists, poets and musicians. To these portraits may be added Fantin's many lithographs and paintings inspired by imaginative themes, which reveal his romantic passion for Wagner, Berlioz and Schumann.
- "I share none of these ideas and I say that Art has nothing to do with politics."
- In 1876, Henri Fantin-Latour married a fellow painter, Victoria Dubourg.
- In 1879 Henri Fantin-Latour was awarded the Legion d'Honneur medal.
- Today, one of Henri Fantin-Latour's paintings can sell for as much as 2 500 000 $.
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