(b. 1836, Grenoble, d. 1904, Orne)

Table Corner

Oil on canvas, 160 x 225 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

This group picture brought together several writers, namely Paul Verlain, Arthur Rimbaud, Elzéar Bonnier, Léon Valade, Émile Blémont, Jean Aicard, Ernst d'Hervilly, and Camille Pelletan. Originally Fantin was planning a companion piece to his Hommage à Delacroix, which was to feature Baudelaire, the influential writer, at its centre. This plan gradually receded in favour of a rather informal grouping of literary figures around a table.

This late group portrait became famous because of its authentic portrayal of Verlaine and Rimbaud, who are sitting on the left-hand side of the table in the foreground.