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 Victoria Dubourg Fantin-Latour  (1840 - 1926)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: impressionist still-life and portrait painting

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Born in Paris, December 1, 1840, Victoria Fantin-Latour was a still life painter married to artist Henri Fantin-Latour.  She studied under the portrait painter Fanny Cheron (b 1830) and probably met Fantin-Latour at the Louvre, Paris, where they were both copying in the mid-1860s.

Around 1867-8, she was associated with the circle of Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Fantin-Latour and Edgar Degas; it was at this time that Degas painted a very frank and unflattering portrait of Victoria, which is in the collection of the Toledo, Ohio Museum of Art. While it may be impossible to prove that she was actually a pupil of Fantin-Latour, the early works she exhibited at the Salon are in a style close to his, in particular the portrait of her sister Charlotte Dubourg, which was exhibited at the Paris Salon, 1870 and is the Museum of Grenoble, France. In this intimate indoor portrait the neutral background recalls the austerity of Victoria Fantin-Latour's early portraits. The position of the model is a little stiff, and her expression is like that of a spectator.

After exhibiting two portraits at the Salons of 1869 and 1870, she showed only still-lifes of fruit and flowers, often signed V. Dubourg or monogrammed V. D.

From Fantin-Latour she derived a simplicity of composition, an absence of detail and neutral but vibrant backgrounds; her flowers, grouped in generous bouquets stand out from backgrounds of sustained greyish scumbling or red-brown tones.  Her brushstrokes, in long flecks of colour or in tight scumbling, emphasize the play of light and shade.

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Victoria Dubourg, like her husband Henri Fantin-Latour, specialized in still life painting.  The two artists met while copying Old Masters at the Louvre in 1866.  They were engaged in 1869, the year Victoria Dubourg exhibited her first painting at the Paris Salon but were not married until 1876.

Fantin-Latour's engagement present to Victoria was a still life with a vase of flowers, a bowl of strawberries and a glass of wine, now hanging in the Musée Grenoble together with a still life by Victoria.

Dubourg was an intimate part of the Impressionists' circle from its outset.  Edgar Degas' portrait of her dating from the late 1860s is in the Toledo Museum of Art.  She was also closely associated with Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot.

Victoria Dubourg exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon, winning an honorable mention in 1894 and a medal in 1895.  All her exhibits were still lifes apart from her first two entries, which were portraits reminiscent of the early portraits of Fantin-Latour.

Her paintings are in the collections of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, and museums in Alençon, Château-Thierry, and Grenoble.

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