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Study of a Plant, Possibly Thistle

December 31, 1861
Animals and Plants
Humayun II 1857-1877




Study of a Plant, Possibly Thistle 1862 Léon Bonvin (French, 1834-1866) France, 19th century 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 DESCRIPTION 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. INSCRIPTION signed, lower left, in brown ink: Léon Bonvin 1862 EXHIBITION HISTORY CMA, French Drawings from the Collection (Dec. 13, 1994-Mar. 12, 1995). CMA, Year in Review for 1980 (June 24-July 19, 1981), cma Bulletin 68 (1981), p. 215 no. 179, illus. p. 181. CMA; Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, The Drawings and Watercolors of Léon Bonvin (Nov. 12, 1980-Jan. 18, 1981; Feb. 15-Mar. 27, 1981), no. 9, illus. p. 32. Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; 8/15/04-11/14/04. "Nature Sublime: Landscapes from the 19th Century". No exhibition catalogue. Year in Review: 1980. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (June 23-July 19, 1981). French Drawings from the Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 13, 1994-March 12, 1995). Nature Sublime: Landscapes from the 19th Century. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 15-November 14, 2004).

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Very good information.


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