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. From 1850 to 1856, he studied at the Petite École de Dessin by copying Italian Old Masters, such as Titian (Italian, c.1485–1576)and Paolo Veronese (Italian, 1528–1588). In his early work, Woman Reading (1861), Fantin-Latour depicts his subject with the tranquility and absorption found in Dutch painting, particularly the work of Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin (French, 1699–1779). This rigidity and aloofness is also evident in Fantin-Latour’s group portraits of avant-garde painters and writers, such as Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883) and Charles Baudelaire (French, 1821-1867) in Homage to Delacroix (1864), and Emile Zola (French, 1840–1902), Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926), and Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) in Studio in the Batignolles (1864). Although he exhibited regularly alongside the Impressionists at the Salon des Refusés, Fantin-Latour found commercial success in painting still-lifes of flowers, which were in demand from collectors in England. In work such as Flowers and Fruit (1865), the subtle lighting and triangular composition follows the legacy of Chardin’s still-lifes. A recent exhibition of his flower paintings was held at the Bowes Museum in England in 2011. His work is currently held in museum collections such as the Musuem of Fine Arts in Boston, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.