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Henri Fantin-Latour, Self portrait (1859), Musée des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble.

Henri Fantin-Latour (14 January 1836 - 25 August 1904) was a French painter and lithographer.



Born Ignace Henri Jean Théodore Fantin-Latour in Grenoble, Isère, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He is best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of his friends Parisian artists and writers.[1]

Whistler brought attention to Fantin in England.

In addition to his paintings, Fantin-Latour created ingenious lithographs demonstrating the music of some of the great classical composers.

In 1875, Henri Fantin-Latour married a fellow painter, Victoria Dubourg, after which he spent his summers on the country estate of his wife's family at Buré, Orne in Basse-Normandie, where he died of lyme disease.

He was interred in the Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris, France

Literary References:

From 'In Search of Lost Time' by Marcel Proust

" 'Many young women's hands would be incapable of doing what I see there,' said the Prince, pointing to Mme de Villeparisis's unfinished waterocolours. And he has asked her whether she had seen the flower painting by Fantin-Latour which had recently been exhibited." p.371 'The Guermantes Way'


Public collections holding works by Fantin-Latour


  • Gibson, Frank F., The art of Henri Fantin-Latour, his life and work, London, Drane's ltd., 1924.
  • Lucie-Smith, Edward, Henri Fantin-Latour, New York, Rizzoli, 1977.


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