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62 9.5 (10)

Birds Resting on Bushes  1864

by Léon Bonvin

Léon Bonvin was born in Vaugirard, just outside Paris in 1834. Despite displaying great talent in the medium of watercolor he was largely unrecognized by his contemporaries. In 1866 he hanged himself at the age of 32, apparently due to financial difficulties. Working at his family's bar or "cabaret," he sketched and painted watercolors only in his spare moments, yet in the...
H: 9 5/8 x W: 7 5/16 in. (24.4 x 18.5 cm)
Watercolor with gum heightening, gouache, iron gall ink and pen, and graphite over graphite underdrawing on slightly textured, moderately thick, cream wove paper
Creative Commons License, Courtesy of The Walters Art Museum

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