Henri Fantin-Latour was a well known painter and lithographer. His work was done in the traditional style of the Old Masters.
In 1841 he moved to Paris and began to study art under his father, Théodore Fantin-Latour. He later studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts and then studied under the artist Gustave Courbet. He worked for a time copying Old Master paintings at the Louvre. There he became acquaintance of Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot. He became close friends with James McNeill Whistler and with Whistler and Alphonse Legros, formed the Société des Trois.
Fantin-Latour made several trips to London. He exhibited his work at the Royal Academy in London and became noticed by collectors for still lifes and mythological scenes. He also received many portrait commissions. Fantin-Latour received the critical acclaim for a series of group portraits of the most renowned artists, writers, and musicians of his day.