Musée No:397.042Regular price £25.00
Portrait of Sonia
Artist: Henri Fantin-Latour
Henri Fantin-Latour (1836 –1904) was a French painter and lithographer best known for his flower paintings, portraits and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, then from 1854 he devoted himself to copying the works of the old masters in the Louvre. Although he was friends with several artists that would go on to become the “Impressionists”, including Whistler and Manet, his own work remained traditional in style, with the romanticisim of earlier generations. He regularly exhibited with his close friend Édouard Manet and the Impressionists, but he remained committed to traditional studio production and never painted outdoors. Whistler brought attention to Fantin in England, where his still-lifes sold incredibly well. In addition to his realistic paintings, Fantin-Latour created imaginative lithographs inspired by the music of some of the great classical composers. In 1875, Henri Fantin-Latour married a fellow painter, Victoria Dubourg, after which he spent his summers on their country estate in Lower Normandy.
There is a touching detail at the top of the painting - an inscription which reads "A ma chère nièce Sonia", To my dear niece Sonia.