Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)
Henri Fantin-Latour was born in Grenoble, in the foothills of the French Alps, as the son of an artist in 1836. He was trained by his father and moved to Paris in 1850 to attend the École des Beaux-Arts. Studying the Italian masters at the Louvre, he met Édouard Manet, who became a close friend.
Although Fantin-Latour had personal and professional ties to the Impressionists, his style remained conservative. He never painted outdoors, and instead of showing his artwork alongside the upcoming Impressionist artists, preferred exhibiting at the Paris Salon. Most famous for his sensitive flower still- lifes, which were a great success in Victorian England, he also worked in other genres, especially portraiture and mythological scenes, and was an accomplished lithographer.