You should see this: Chrysanthemums by Henri Fantin-Latour

 

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I love pictures of flowers.  Controversial, I know.  Henri Fantin-Latour was part of the Impressionist gang.  In fact, he painted a famous and lovely picture of the boys in the band.

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He didn’t like going outside.  So while he was their friend, he stayed inside painting pictures of flowers.  I can’t imagine a much better way to spend a life.

Very few of the Impressionist paintings in the collection are on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum right now.  The museum is building a new gallery for Impressionism.  But there is a lovely hall of paintings right now.  Including some masterworks, and this contemporary of Monet and Manet.  Come for Monet’s light, stay for Fantin-Latour’s flowers.

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