Fantin-Latour, Ignace Henri Jean Théodore

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Fantin-Latour, Ignace Henri Jean Théodore

(ēgnäs` äNrē` zhäN` tēōdôr` fäNtăN`-läto͞or`), 1836–1904, French painter and lithographer. He is best known for his portrait groups of famous contemporaries. Notable examples are The Studio at Batignolles, Hommage à Delacroix, and Around the Piano (all: Louvre). His famous portrait of Manet is in the Chicago Art Institute. Influenced by Courbet, he depicted his friends with an almost photographic technique. He is also admired for still-life paintings of flowers.

Fantin-Latour, Ignace Henri Jean Théodore

 

Born Jan. 14, 1836, in Grenoble; died Aug. 25, 1904, in Buré, Normandy. French painter and graphic artist.

In the 1870’s, Fantin-Latour studied in Paris. He was a friend of E. Manet and was influenced by G. Courbet and J. M. Whistler. While advocating new ideas in painting and music, he was largely influenced by 17th-century Dutch painters in his own work. His paintings are marked by a subdued palette and static, tranquil composition. Fantin-Latour painted still lifes, including flower paintings, and group portraits of artists and writers. He also created paintings and lithographs symbolically interpreting the music of Wagner and other 19th-century composers.

REFERENCE

Kahn, G. Fantin-Latour. Paris, 1926.