Nov 13, 2012

Study of a Plant, Possibly Thistle

Study of a Plant, Possibly Thistle


Léon Bonvin

(French, 1834–1866)

Watercolor and pen and brown ink with white heightening

Support: Wove? paper, laid down on blue wove? paper

Sheet: 25.3 x 29.5 cm (9 15/16 x 11 5/8 in.); Secondary Support: 25.3 x 29.5 cm (9 15/16 x 11 5/8 in.)

Bequest of Noah L. Butkin 1980.236



Neglected within his own time, the watercolors of Bonvin have only come to be fully appreciated in the late 20th century. An artist with little formal training, Bonvin earned a living working in his family’s inn in Vaugirard, on the outskirts of Paris. The landscape near his home and studies of the inn’s garden became his themes.

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