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Henri Fantin-Latour: Roses as Art

The stunning beauty of a rose cannot be understated.  There’s a reason roses are the most popular flowers to give to someone you care about on Valentine’s Day, their birthday, Mother’s Day or to simply say “I love you.”  At Flowerlink, roses inspire us.  They are our passion.  But they’ve been inspiring creative minds since recorded history.  Roses have even served as some artists’ muse, and few artists have been as influenced by the flowers as renowned French painter Henri Fantin-Latour.

Henri Fantin-Latour was born in Grenoble, Isère in 1836.  He was trained to be an artist at an early age by his father but would perfect his skills when he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  While he made friends with many Impressionistic painters of his era, Fantin-Latour’s style continued to favor realistic renderings.

His still-lifes would become wildly popular in England and flowers were always one of his favorite subjects.  In a book on the painter entitled Atelier de Fantin-Latour, which was published in 1919, the author Jacques-Émile Blanche expressed Fantin-Latour’s approach to painting flowers.

Fantin studied each flower, each petal, its grain, its tissue as if it were a human face. In Fantin’s flowers, the drawing is large and beautiful; it is always sure and incisive…It is an individual flower and not simply one of a type…

Henri Fantin-Latour: Roses as Art

Fantin-Latour painted a variety of flowers from cherry blossoms to petunias to forget-me-nots.  But he had an affinity for pastel colors like pinks and yellows, so his favorite flower was always the rose.  The artist would go on to marry another painter, Victoria Duborg.  Together they would live out their lives in Lower Normandy before Fantin-Latour passed away from Lyme disease in August of 1904.

His legacy continues as galleries throughout the world continue to showcase his work.  His painting titled ‘A basket of roses’ was even used a cover for New Order’s 1983 album “Power, Corruption & Lies”.

Order Roses Online with Flowerlink!

Henri Fantin-Latour was incredibly gifted in painting remarkably beautiful flowers.  At Flowerlink, we want to deliver you the real thing.    We carry over 200 varieties of roses including spray roses, garden roses, and select hydrangea, so we’re sure we have the right rose for any occasion.  And rest assured, when you order flowers online with Flowerlink, you know you’re getting roses that were grown with both a social and environmental conscious.

To learn more about ordering roses with Flowerlink, please contact us by phone at 310.848.1843, by email at [email protected], or come in and visit our store in Torrance.  Let us share roses with you that are worthy of a still-life.

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