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...
10 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (26.1 x 20 cm)
Watercolor and gum heightening, gouache highlights, iron gall ink and pen, over graphite underdrawing on slightly textured, moderately thick, cream wove paper