Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904). Second Skin

Richard Dumas et Juan Manuel Castro
Du September 14th, 2016 au February 12th, 2017
Henri Fantin-Latour-Un coin de table
Henri Fantin-Latour
Un coin de table , 1872
©RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski/DR

Henri Fantin-Latour is one of the emblematic artists of the 19th century, conveying in his paintings the plush, discreet atmosphere of the time, somewhere between Realism and Intimism.
The exhibition aims to get as close as possible to the world of a painter who initially took his inspiration from his immediate environment: self portraits, portraits of family and friends, still lifes, imaginative compositions inspired by his passion for Wagner’s music, among others.
Beneath the surface, a character full of nuances can be discerned, and his prolific correspondence with friends and other artists, including Manet, Courbet, Rimbaud and Verlaine, sheds light on some of these.


  • Laure Dalon, conservateur à la Rmn – Grand Palais, adjointe au directeur scientifique ; Xavier Rey, conservateur au Musée d’Orsay, et Guy Tosatto, directeur du Musée de Grenoble.
  • Exhibition organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux Grand Palais and the Musée de Grenoble, in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay.
  • With the special participation of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Musée national du palais de Compiègne, the Musée Carnavalet-Histoire de Paris, the Mobilier national and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.