Artist Feature: Léon Bonvin b.1834 Paris, d.1866 Meudon, France

Léon Bonvin  French, 1864  Still Life with Wine, Water, Fruit, Nuts as seen on linen & lavender (l&l)
 Still Life with Wine, Water, Fruit and Nuts
Léon Bonvin  French, 1864 

Léon Bonvin  French, Bare Tree and a Plowman via Getty Museum as seen on linen & lavender (l&l)
Bare Tree and a Plowman
Léon Bonvin  French,  1864    

Léon Bonvin French, 1864, Farm Building as seen on l&l (linen & lavender)
 Léon Bonvin, Farm Building c.1864

Léon Bonvin  French, 1865  Still Life on Kitchen Table with Celery, Parsley, Bowl and Cruets via Walters as seen on linen & lavender (l&l)
Léon Bonvin  French, 1865,  Still Life on Kitchen Table with Celery, Parsley, Bowl and Cruets 

As you know if you've been following l&l for awhile, I have a penchant for still life paintings, particularly the work of Luis Meléndez.  I became enamored of his style upon seeing him in the Prado Museum several years ago and have sought him out ever since.  

The composition and tone of the still life paintings of Léon Bonvin speak to me in much the same way.  I am equally enamored of Bonvin's moody landscapes, particularly those with the finely detailed tree branches as those I've selected to show you here.

"Highly detailed and original, Léon bonvin's watercolors of flowers, landscapes and moon lit scenes represent a distinctive contribution to the realist movement in mid-19th century France.  Bonvin's luminous paintings reflect the humble surroundings accessible to the artist, a self-taught innkeeper on the outskirts of Paris." —excerpt, press release for the 2012 exhibition, Walters Art Museum  

For more on Léon Bonvin's life and works, 
please visit:
by Jane Librizzi

Léon Bonvin Still Life- Glass On A Table before 1866 Louvre Museum-Paris via The Blue Lantern as seen on linen & lavender (l&l)
Jane's posts on the artist:

You might also like the book: 

Capturing Nature's Beauty, Three Centuries of French Landscapes (book) as seen on linen & lavender and the emporium by l&l

Capturing Nature's Beauty 
Three Centuries of French Landscapes 

Purchase links by country:

Léon Bonvin  French 1865, Plowing at Dusk as seen on linen & lavender (l&l)
Léon Bonvin, Plowing at Dusk, 1865

and available in the U.S. (via used book sources) -
The Drawings and Water Colors of Léon Bonvin
A "Themes in Art" book by Gabriel P. Weisberg

Léon Bonvin  French c1865, Rural Scene as seen on linen & lavender (l&l)
Léon Bonvin, Rural Scene, 1865

Léon Bonvin  French 1865, Country Scene as seen on linen & lavender (l&l)
Léon Bonvin, Country Scene, 1865

  If you had to choose just one, could you?

Images 1 and 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10  via  The Walters Art Museum
Image 2:  The Getty Museum
Image 6: (book cover) Amazon
linen & lavender
Léon Bonvin  French c1864, Moonlit Scene with Houses in Background as seen on linen & lavender (l&l)
Léon Bonvin  French  c.1864, Moonlit Scene with Houses in Background

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Luis Meléndez Current Showing, Madrid Spain: 
{Exhibition at the Prado: June 22-September 23, 2012}


Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

They are all beautiful LeAnn, I can't chose. Probably not the Still Life on Kitchen Table because I want to put the parsley into some water!

I think Country Scene, it is almost a child's eye view.

Lori @ Interior Domain said...

I love the "mood" of these beautiful paintings. Thanks for highlighting this artist.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest LeAnn,

Too bad that Léon lived such a short life...
Enjoy your weekend.

Acquired Objects said...

If I can't paint like this at least we get to enjoy the artists work. I love the first painting and how realistic is looks.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Marybeth said...

Beautiful...I'm a sucker for still lifes too! love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Are there any reproductions of his work one could frame and dream!?

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