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.
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.