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Fantin-Latour 2, 2018




This work was done in oil paint and nail polish on canvas. I created a series of works around the artist Henri Fantin-Latour as subject, this was second in the series. Fantin-Latour was a 19th century painter known for his stilllifes of flowers. In two of these, I have included direct portraits of Henri Fantin-Latour among my still life configurations. A show at the Musée du Luxembourg in 2016, renewed my interest in this artist who refused to join any groups, was a friend to avant-garde artists like Manet, Rimbaud and Baudelaire, but remained a traditionalist in his own style. Among his output, Fantin-Latour sometimes leaned toward the phantasmagoria of Symbolism, with its reveries of myth, magic, aura and mystery, and this jibes with my interest in biophilia, phenomenology and non-duality, subjects that offer latter-day attempts at transcendence. My quartet of paintings on Fantin-Latour are a mash-up of antiquated objects and contemporary materials of adornment and celebration, including balloons, nail polish and glitter, and are also a tribute to the work of Fantin-Latour himself.

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36.00 x 24.00 x 1.00 in | 91.44 x 60.96 x 2.54 cm

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