On this Date in History, August 25: Birth of George Stubbs and death of Henri Fantin-Latour

What happened on August 25 in art history?

English painter George Stubbs (August 25, 1724- July 10, 1806) was born in Liverpool in 1724.  Stubbs is best known for all his drawings, prints and paintings of horses and his research on horse anatomy.

Whistlejacket, George Stubbs, 1762, National Gallery of Art, London

Stubbs wrote a book in 1766, The Anatomy of the Horse, which was a groundbreaking text and contained 24 etchings of detailed horse anatomy, skeletons and muscular structures.

Homage to Delacroix, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1864, Musee D'Orsay, Paris

Also on this day French painter Henri Fantin-Latour, (January 14, 1836 – August 25, 1904) died in 1904 in France. 

Fantin-Latour was one of the artists who exhibited work in the famous Salon des Refusés in Paris in 1863.  His participation in the exhibit inspired his 1864 painting Homage to Delacroix (shown above).

Fantin-Latour was best known for his beautiful floral still-life paintings, he was known for his talent in painting colors and textures and continued to paint in a realist manner throughout the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist periods.

Asters and Fruit on a Table, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1868, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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