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ID number:  BIRBI-2001.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bonvin, François (1817-1887)
Title / Object name:  The Attributes of Painting
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  1875/80
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  49.4 x 60.5 cm unframed; 67.3 x 78.6 x 2.4cm framed
Provenance:  Private Collection, Besançon, France; purchased from Stoppenbach and Delestre Ltd, London in 2001 with financial assistance from Resource/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

Bonvin came from a family of painters of humble origin and was largely self-taught. He specialised in scenes of domestic life and in still-lifes and was much influenced by comparable works by his eighteenth-century predecessor, Chardin. In this picture, which dates from c. 1880, he portrays the attributes of the painter, among them a palette and brushes, a portfolio of drawings and tubes of paint. The painting is one of a number of works Bonvin executed in the 1870s and ’80s.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed upper left.: F. Bonvin

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Bonvin, François
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