Fantin-Latour Narcissus Painting

March 4, 2015
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My husband and I were in Seattle recently, and saw this lovely painting by Victoria Dubourg Fantin-Latour in the Seattle Art Museum.  She was the wife of the more famous painter Henri Fantin-Latour.  Thought you all would enjoy seeing the picture!

Fantin latour narcissus ptg

The caption on the painting read as follows (note they call these flowers ‘paperwhites’):

“Victoria Dubourg was trained as a portraitist and met her future husband, the painter Henri Fantin-Latour, while both were copying paintings at the Louvre. Like her husband–and many women artists before her–she specialized in flower still lifes.  This exquisite study of crisp paperwhites against a plain brown ground shows the formal restraint and compositional precision that may have been influenced by popular Japanese woodblock prints, as well as the new medium of photography.”

One Response to Fantin-Latour Narcissus Painting

  1. Phyllis Hess, Ohio
    Phyllis Hess, Ohio
    March 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

    While the “Paperwhites” are clearly Poets; doesn’t matter it is a lovely painting. Thanks so much for posting really enjoyed seeing the painting.