Henri Fantin-Latour (French, Grenoble 1836–1904 Buré)
Portrait of Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Portrait of Jean-Frédéric Bazille (French, Montpellier 1841–1870 Beaune-la-Rolande)
Portrait of Émile Zola (French, Paris 1840–1902 Paris)
Portrait of Edmond Maître (French, died 1898)
Portrait of Zacharie Astruc (Angers 1835–1907 Paris)
Portrait of Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)
Portrait of Otto Scholderer (Frankfurt am Main 1834–1902 Frankfurt am Main)
Lithographic crayon, oil paint, and black ink
11 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (29.2 x 39.4cm)
Gift of Mrs. Helena M. Loewel, in memory of her brother, Charles W. Kraushaar, 1919
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690
This drawing depicts Fantin-Latour’s circle of friends and fellow practitioners of Impressionism. The artist made it as a preparatory study for a painting exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1870. Édouard Manet is seated before his easel. Surrounding him are other artists, critics, and writers of the Batignolles Group, named after the Paris district where they often convened to discuss ideas. Included are artists Auguste Renoir, Jean-Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet, sculptor and journalist Zacharie Astruc, writer Émile Zola, and patron Edmond Maître. Fantin-Latour was a skilled lithographer, and it is possible that he used greasy crayons intended for drawing on slabs of limestone in the lithographic printing process to render this sketch on paper.
L'Atelier de Manet aux Batignolles
Inscription: Note on verso: Degas,Scholderer, Renoir, E. Zola, Ed. Barilla, Monet, Zachaire Astruc
M. Reid M. Reid; Donor: Helena M. Loewel
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