Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fantin-Latour, Henri

Immortality ("Immortalité")
oil on canvas
116.2 × 87.3 cm (45.7 × 34.4 in)
National Museum Cardiff

The personification of Immortality holds the palm of victory and scatters roses on the tomb of Delacroix, inscribed DEL. At the lower right are the towers of the cathedral of Notre-Dame and the dome of the Pantheon, the national shrine to great sons of France.

Henri Fantin-Latour (1836 – 1904) was a French painter who is best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of his friends Parisian artists and writers.
Although he befriended several of the young artists who would later be associated with Impressionism, including Whistler and Manet, Fantin's own work remained conservative in style. But his paintings inspired by imaginative themes, revealing his romantic passion for Wagner, Berlioz and Schumann, strongly influenced the symbolist movement of the late 19th Century.
He died of lyme disease and was interred in the Cimetiere du Montparnasse, Paris, France.
In 1879 He was awarded the Legion d’Honneur medal.
Marcel Proust mentions Fantin-Latour's work in In Search of Lost Time.