Born 1836, Grenoble, France.
Born in Grenoble, France, Henri Fantin-Latour studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and achieved fame as a painter and lithographer celebrated for his delicate flower paintings and portraits of Parisian artists.
Married to the Parisian flower painter Victoria Dubourg, Fantin-Latour was an associate of Whistler and the Impressionists. Although he painted portraits of Manet, Monet and Renoir, Fantin-Latour was a traditional painter who did not share their progressive techniques.
Despite his largely realist style, throughout his career he produced a body of symbolist work on mythological themes that contrasted significantly with his more mainstream portraits and still-life.