Portrait of Édouard Manet, by Henri Fantin-Latour.⁠ 🎨Manet

Portrait of Édouard Manet, by Henri Fantin-Latour.⁠ 🎨Manet

8/3/2021, 9:00:55 AM
Portrait of Édouard Manet, by Henri Fantin-Latour.⁠ 🎨Manet was at the peak of his fame when the young Fantin-Latour exhibited this portrait at the Salon of 1867. Manet himself chose not to submit any work that year, having had his submission rejected by the 1866 Salon jury. In this commanding image of the great French artist, Fantin portrayed Manet as a flaneur, a sophisticated man-about-town whose eyes are open to every nuance of modern life. The background of the painting is almost completely blank, both in homage to works by Manet and in emulation of photographic portraits of the period. Henri Fantin-Latour’s decision to submit this portrait of his friend—signed “To my friend Manet”—to the Salon that year may have been calculated to play off Manet’s increasing notoriety. A critic admitted that it was hard to reconcile the elegant figure in the portrait with the long-haired bohemian he had imagined Manet to be.⁠ 👨‍🎨Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836–1904) was a painter and printmaker associated with the impressionist movement, and best known for his portraits of Parisian cultural figures and still-lifes. After studying the old masters, Latour acquired a rigidity and aloofness that gave him great originality and success in his portraiture (tough he devoted mostly to flower painting, very appreciated by English collectors). He dedicated many allegorical compositions to Wagner and other musicians.⁠ 📐Height: 117.5 cm (46.2 in). Width: 90 cm (35.5 in). Oil on canvas, 1867.⁠ 🏛Art Institute of Chicago. ⁠ @artinstitutechi What do you think about this? ⁠ Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!

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