The Palette of Henri Fantin-Latour, “The Visual Poet of Flowers.”

by Matthew Innis |

The career of the 19th century French painter Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) is sadly one that can be summed up with the phrase, “almost, not quite.”  He rebelled against Academic tradition, but always sought the approval of the Salon;  he was grouped among the Impressionists, but hated painting en plein air;  he was a Realist, but loved to paint the imaginary;  he was hard-working and ambitious, but quit each time his successes threatened the purity of pursuing art “for art’s sake” alone.

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