Fantin-Latour, Henri (1836-1904). French painter and
lithographer. He is best known for his luxurious flower pieces, but he also
painted several group portraits that are important historical documents and
show his friendship with leading avant-garde artists.
Homage to Delacroix (Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 1864) shows Fantin-Latour
himself, with Baudelaire, Manet, Whistler, and others grouped round a portrait
of Delacroix; and A Studio at Batignolles (sometimes called Homage
to Manet) (Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 1870) shows Monet, Renoir, and
others in Manet's studio. In spite of his associations with such progressive
artists, Fantin-Latour was a traditionalist, and his portraits particularly are
in a precise, detailed style.
of his later career was devoted to lithography; he greatly admired Richard
Wagner and did imaginative lithographs illustrating his music and that of other
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