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Henri Fantin-Latour
Wednesday, June 18, 2014



Rosa 'Fantin Latour'




When folks who visit our garden invariable spot this pink rose with intense perfume that blooms (once) all of June they ask me who she is. My answer is the usual one of, “It’s a mystery rose, perhaps a centifolia, of unknown origin from the 19th century called Fantin-Latour. Fantin Latour was a French painter." And that has been that since I first acquired the rose back in 2008.

Only lately did I finally become curious enough to find out about Henri Fantin-Latour (14 January 1836 – 25 August 1904) who knew and was friendly with the impressionists but still painted in a conservative fashion. He was known for his portraits of famous French people and of flower paintings and lithographs. 

Self-portrait - 1859


Marcel Proust mentions Fantin-Latour's work in In Search of Lost Time:

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

Marcel Proust was not the only French author to admire Fantin-Latour. In 1880 Emile Zola was quoted:

The canvases of M. Fantin-Latour do not assault your eyes, do not leap at you from the walls. They must be looked at for a length of time in order to penetrate them, and their conscientiousness, their simple truth—you take these in entirely, and then you return. 


Édouard Manet, 1867

Fantin-Latour was a handsome man who apparently led a mostly happy life. He was never troubled by the fact that his friends, the impressionists became more famous.

I have a particular admiration for the man because in the many times I have tried to photograph still lifes I have failed. I will stick to portraiture in what remains of my life.

An Atelier in the Batignolles,  by Fantin-Latour, Claude Monet, Emile Zola, August Renoir and others, gathered around Edgar Manet, seated at his easel—the central figure in what was to become the Impressionist movement. 1870


Henri Fantin-Latour, Charlotte Dubourg, 1882

Vase of roses - 1875

Henri Fanin-Latour, Roses in a Vase, 1872

Still Life with Roses and Torso, 1874

 Naiade - lithograph
 Naiade

Rosa 'Fantin Latour' - Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

Caitlin Legault - Alex Waterhouse-Hayward



     

Previous Posts
Madonna At The Garage Door

A Little Girl & A Cat

A Selfie, The Baron & Yours Truly

Los Colores de Jorge Luís Borges

I Will Make Thee Beds Of Roses

Develops Pearl And Weed

Roses, Iced Tea, Cookies & Cucumber Sandwiches

Lobb's Clitoria

Rosa 'Chapeau de Napoléon' - The Obverse Side

The Colour Of Skin - Part 2



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2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

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3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

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4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17