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French Portrait Artist in his studio: Henri Fantin-Latour

French Portrait Artist in his studio: Henri Fantin-Latour

    Henri Fantin-Latour (14 January 1836 – 25 August 1904) was a French painter and lithographer best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers. As a youth, he received drawing lessons from his father, who was an artist. In 1850 he entered the Ecole de Dessin, where he studied with Lecoq de Boisbaudran. After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1854, he devoted much time to copying the works of the old masters in the Louvre. Although he befriended several of the young artists who would later be associated with Impressionism, including Whistler and Manet, Fantin’s own work remained conservative and classical  in style.     Whistler brought attention to Fantin in England, where his still-lifes sold so well that they were “practically unknown in France during his lifetime”. In addition to his realistic paintings,…

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What Makes a Good Pencil Sketch Drawing Tutorial?

    You see, all good pencil sketch tutorials should contain two very important criteria. The first criteria that a good drawing tutorial should fulfill is that it has to be written by an artist. If it’s a pencil sketch tutorial, it’s best that a pencil artist writes the tutorial. That’s because only the artists themselves have a true understanding of the problems and challenges of pencil sketching. And those are exactly the same problems that you’re facing, and now you’re hoping that someone has found the solutions to those problems and can help you with them. The second criteria of a good drawing tutorial is that the tutorial should be written by someone who knows how to communicate and…

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Can Young Children Benefit From Drawing Lessons?

Is anyone able to sit down and play the piano beautifully without having received lessons? Can one read automatically without being taught? No. All of us who have acquired these skills have learned them early in our lives through a structured program of instruction. This is true not only for music and reading but for all other artistic subjects. Why is it then that we don’t provide instruction for drawing?Young children are often overlooked by the traditional drawing curriculum that tends to focus on children over twelve or thirteen years old, who are blessed with natural talent and who can usually draw already. School teachers do craft projects and provide younger children with free time to do symbolic stick-figure-style drawings….

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