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


Oil on canvas, 103 x 72 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

This self-portrait, painted when the artist was twenty-two, shows him in unkempt garb, his hair ungroomed, a character straight out of Henri Murger' Scènes de la Vie Bohème (1847). As he won prosperity, Fantin-Latour turned to a sleeker, smoother manner with which he won countless commissions from wealthy English and French patrons for his exquisite still-lifes and increasingly boring portraiture.

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