FLOWERS
By HENRI FANTIN-LATOUR


FLOWERS
By HENRI FANTIN-LATOUR (1836-1904)
IN THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON

" To paint the rose," wrote a well-equipped writer on the death of Fantin-Latour, " is not one of the loftiest tasks an artist can set himself, but Fantin did it supremely well, and with such handling and taste as his, a picture of a bunch of Fowers in a vase became undeniably a dignified and delightful work of art." But Fantin was more than a painter of flowers. Those who have studied his " Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Edwards," in the National Gallery, or his portrait-groups "Un Coin de Table" and " A Studio at Batignolles," in the Luxembourg, will agree that Fantin was a worker of high order, and in his handling of colour, equal to the best. If his drawing was, at times, a little uncertain and faulty, it was a defect redeemed by many merits.

In another medium than oil - that of lithography - Fantin further gained appreciation in the world of art. For nearly twenty years he laboured assiduously to revive the lithographer's art, then degraded by commercial use, and yearly produced a number of subjects, regularly exhibited at the Salons, and now prized by the great museums and private collectors. A fine set of proofs is in the possession of the British Museum, Many of his subjects were inspired by the works of Wagner, Schumann, and contemporary composers, all showing that Fantin was poet as well as craftsman. As was once said of him, he " wrapped his soul in music. Then he took his crayons, and with wondrous dexterity drew, for his fellows to see, the visions he heard."

Fantin-Latour was born in 1836, and, after studying painting with his father, entered the studios of Couture and Courbet. He died in 1904, full of years and honour.

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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Arnesby Brown
The River Bank


Joseph Clark
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John Constable
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Jean Baptiste Camille
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The Fisherman's Hut


Jean Baptiste Camille
Corot
A Flood


Leonardo Da Vinci
Monna Lisa


Edouard Detaille
The Dream


Henri Fantin-Latour
Flowers


Thomas Gainsborough
Queen Charlotte


Thomas Gainsborough
The Market Cart


Jean Baptiste Greuze
The Head of a Girl


Jean Baptiste Greuze
Fidelity


James Clark Hook
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Alfred William Hunt
Windsor Castle


Josef Israels
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B.W. Leader
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Madame Vigee Le Brun
Portrait of the Artist

Alphonse Legros
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Anton Mauve
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J.L.E. Meissonier
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Sir J.E. Millais
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Sir J.E. Mallais
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George Morland
The Reckoning


George Morland
The Inside of a Stable


Murillo
The Immaculate Conception
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Alfred Parsons
When Nature Painted
All Things Gay


Ralph Peacock
The Sisters


Rembrandt
Syndics of the
Cloth Merchants' Guild


Guido Reni
"Ecce Homo"


Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Mrs. Richard Hoare
With Her Infant Son


Briton Riviere
The Temptation
in the Wilderness


Dante Gabriel
Rossetti
Day Dreams


John Singer Sargent
Miss Ellen Terry
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Lady Stanley
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Jan Steen
Grace Before Meat


Marcus Stone
On the Road from
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Constant Troyon
Watering Cattle


H.S. Tuke
"All Hands to the Pumps"


Velazquez
King Philip IV. of Spain


S.E. Waller
Sweethearts and Wives


Thomas Webster
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