Still Life with a Carafe, Flowers and Fruit; Henri Fantin-Latour
Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo.
Somewhat larger than most of Fantin-Latour’s still lifes, this is a prime example of his beautiful approach.
Most striking here, I think, is his masterful use of value. The background is uncharacteristically dark compared to most of his similar compositions, and he has let the vase and carafe subtly emerge from the darkness, in sharp contrast to the white flowers.
The peaches and melon make up the middle range, with delightfully painterly handling on the former and fascinatingly textural representation of the discolored skin of the latter.
I think this is the fifth Eye Candy post I’ve done of Fantin-Latour’s still life paintings, and I have yet to do a post on the artist himself. I’m sure I’ll get around to it some time this decade.
4 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Fantin-Latour – Still Life with Carafe, Flowers and Fruit”
Ignace Henri Jean Théodore Fantin-Latour started to paint ‘life’ around him by series of selfies (1854 – 1861). He befriended Whistler and Manet.
Unknown in France his still lifes sold well in … England. Inspired by classical music he created imaginative lithographs.
He married fellow painter Victoria Dubourg (1840-1926), whom he met at the Louvre whilst copying Old Masters and study medicine.
F-L died of Lyme disease in the Summer of 1904 in Lower Normandy; interred in Montparnasse cemetry of Paris.
What a Wonderful Still Life!
Is there still life in Still Life?
Posted 09 Feb 2017, by Molly Tresadern
An interesting read. Thanks, Ælle.
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