Thursday, May 22, 2008

Henri Fantin-Latour

White Cup and Saucer, 1864. Oil on canvas, 19x 28 cm. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England.

Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) French painter who was most famous for his flower paintings and still life work. He also did many group portraits of his fellow artists like Monet, Manet, Whistler etc. While those painters were more 'cutting edge' at the time, Henri was more of a salon painter; a traditionalist. He was influenced by the Symbolists. As his career progressed he grew to love lithography and produced many prints in his later years. He died of Lyme Disease in 1904 and is buried in the famous Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris.

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