27 May 2007
Painting The Summer: Henri Fantin-Latour 
From yorkartgallery.org.uk:

"The French artist Henri Fantin-Latour is best known for his paintings of flowers, but he also painted portraits and 'subjects of the imagination'.

Although friendly with many of the Impressionist painters, Fantin-Latour considered himself a Realist and preferred to exhibit at the Salon rather than with the Impressionists.

This show bring together pictures from our own collection with loans from the National Gallery, Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum and local galleries to explore his intimate style."

Factory fans will of course know Fantin-Latour for Peter Saville's use of one his flower paintings on the cover of FACT 75 Power, Corruption and Lies in 1983 (a fact which is acknowledged in the York Art Gallery's Fantin Facts).

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26 May - 23 September, 2007
York Art Gallery
Exhibition Square
York
YO1 7EW

Tel: 01904 687687

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