Born in Grenoble 14 January 1836, died in Buré (Orne) 25 August 1904. Son of the painter Theodore Fantin-Latour, Fantin settled in Paris in 1841 and was trained by his father and Horace Lecoq de Boisbandran. Key influences in his development were the example of Gustave Courbet and his study of old masters at the Louvre, where he copied almost daily until 1870. He first exhibited at the Salon in 1861 and participated in the Salon des Refuses of 1863. Fantin joined with Manet, Renoir, Frederic Bazille, and others in the avant-garde intellectual circles of Paris and commemorated leading artists, writers, and musicians of the day in several group portraits, but from about 1879 he worked largely in isolation. His delicate, Iyrical still lifes in the tradition of Chardin gave way in later years to highly romanticized compositions inspired by his love of Wagner and opera. A personal friend of James McNeill Whistler, he visited England several times and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1862 to 1900.