|PAINTER, ENGRAVER, LITHOGRAPHER (FRANCE)|
BORN 14 Jan 1836, Grenoble, Isère - DIED 29 Aug 1904, Buré, Orne|
REAL NAME Fantin-Latour, Ignace Henri Jean Théodore
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière du Montparnasse, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet (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.
Although 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.
knew Maris, Jacob
knew Morisot, Berthe
painted Verlaine, Paul Marie
admired Wagner, Richard
was a friend of Whistler, James MacNeill
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Henri Fantin-Latour - Wikipedia