Fantin-Latour, Ignace Henri Jean Théodore

PAINTER, ENGRAVER, LITHOGRAPHER (FRANCE)
BORN 14 Jan 1836, Grenoble - DIED 29 Aug 1904, Buré
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montparnasse Cimetière (division 10)

Fantin-Latour was born in Grenoble as the son of Théodore Fantin-Latour, a portrait painter and teacher of drawing. His mother was Russian. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and worked for a while at Courbet's studio. In 1853 he started to copy old masters from the Louvre for a living. In Paris he met and befriended painters like Degas, Manet and Morisot and with Whistler and Legros he formed the Société des Trois. Whistler invited him to London and in 1864 he exhibited at the Royal Academy and soon his flower pieces became popular there.

In 1876 he married the painter Victoria Dubourg and they spent their summers at the country estate of his wife's family at Buré, Orne in Basse-Normandie. In 1879 he received the Legion d’Honneur.

Allthough Fantin-Latour befriended impressionists, he didn't agree with their theories. His own style was late romantic, more realistic and a major influence for the symbolist painters. Nowadays he is mainly famopus for his flower pieces and his group paintings featuring himself and other painters.

Related persons
• knew Morisot, Berthe
• painted Verlaine, Paul Marie
• admired Wagner, Richard
• was a friend of Whistler, James MacNeill

Sources
Henri Fantin-Latour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henri Fantin-Latour. Biography. - Olga's Gallery
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Images

The grave of Fantin-Latour at Montparnasse, Paris.
Picture by Androom (22 May 1999)

 

'La Lecture'.
   (1877, Lyon: Musée des Beaux-Arts)
 


Farina, Johann Maria

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 8 Feb 2009