Jun 4, 2010
Aug 30, 2007

Landscape Near Paris

Landscape Near Paris

c. 1860

Léon Bonvin

(French, 1834-1866)

Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on cream laid paper

Support: Cream(2) laid paper

Sheet: 9.3 x 25 cm (3 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Gift of Robert Arthur Mann 1977.22



In his delicate studies of flowers and fields, like this panoramic view of the distant Paris, Bonvin captured the beauty of nature, observed with an innocent, untrained eye. His untutored responses to nature permitted him to be more experimental than his contemporaries working in watercolor. A realist in his rendering of natural detail, Bonvin simultaneously foreshadowed Impressionism with his interest in light and atmosphere.

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