Leon Black (New York)
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Le Découragement de l'artiste (The Discouraged Artist )
Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836 - 1904)
Black lithographic crayon with scratching on tracing paper
23.5 × 23.5 cm (9 1/4 × 9 1/4 in.)
Beside a blank canvas, a trio of fanciful female figures visits a dozing painter. One figure places a consoling arm around the artist and appears about to whisper words of inspiration in his ear. Another figure, upright at the right edge of the sheet, moves toward the artist with a palm frond in her left hand. An ethereal, winged figure floats through the background. In the lower right corner, Henri Fantin-Latour's signature suggests that the drawing was conceived as an independent work of art.
Fantin-Latour was fascinated with the world of the artist and produced both lifelike portraits of his