Gouache and watercolor
Support: Cream laid paper
Sheet: 21.3 x 17.2 cm (8 3/8 x 6 3/4 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.399
François Bonvin was a prolific watercolorist, and he developed a lifelong interest in modest religious subjects showing scenes of everyday life. This delightfully simple image of a nun knitting reveals the artist's appreciation for 17th-century Dutch artists such as Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), whose work he copied.
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