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Title Dawn and Night
Alternative Title L'Aurore et la Nuit
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Fantin-Latour, Henri (French painter and printmaker, 1836-1904)
Date Earliest about 1894
Date Latest about 1894
Signed yes
Description Although Fantin-Latour was associated with Manet and the Impressionist avant-garde in the 1860s and 70s, he remained essentially a painter of traditional still life and subject matter. He was greatly influenced by Symbolist painting in the latter half of his career and this is evident in L'Aurore et la Nuit. The traditional subject matter of a personified Night giving way to Day is treated with an freedom of handling that owes much to the Impressionists. However, his cosmic subject matter shows a desire to penetrate more deeply into the mysteries of nature than had the Impressionists.
Current Accession Number 1939P673
Former Accession Number P.67339
Inscription front ll 'Fantin'
Subject allegory (Dawn, Night)
Measurements 39.4 x 47.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Sir George H. Kenrick 1939.
Provenance Sir George H. Kenrick, 1929.
Principal Exhibitions Fantin-Latour, Wildenstein & Co., 1948, cat. no. 48.
Publications Madame Fantin-Latour, Oeuvre de Fantin-Latour, 1911, no. 1536; Illustrations, 1952, p. 12, ill.; Ormond, R., 'Victorian Paintings in Birmingham', Apollo, April 1968, p. 247 ; Lucie-Smith, E., Fantin-Latour,1977, pl.93; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 57, ill.
Notes The artist also made an earlier pastel of this subject, Oeuvre, no. 1294.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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