The friend of Manet and Whistler, Fantin-Latour was very intimately connected with the Impressionists; however, he was mostly influenced by Courbet (whose student he had been) and Delacroix. His oeuvre, inextricably linked with the Dutch tradition of the 17th century, consists of portraits (mainly featuring many figures), imaginary scenes, inspired from literature and music, and above all still lifes. It is to the latter, in fact, that he owed his success, mainly in the circles of the British collectors, who were avid admirers of his bouquets.