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  • Francois Bonvin
Still-life with Asparagus

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Still-life with Asparagus Dated 1881
Bonvin spent the early part of his career painting in his spare time, while working as a clerk for the Paris police. From an early date he specialised in still lifes but also painted intimate genre scenes inspired by Dutch seventeenth-century art. He was a friend of the writer and critic Champfleury and the painter Courbet, who encouraged him to join the Realist movement. His work has been compared with that of the eighteenth-century artist Chardin, whom Bonvin greatly admired, and from whose work he often borrowed particular motifs. Amongst the artists he personally encouraged were Théodule Ribot and Fantin-Latour.


  • Acc. No. NG 2524
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 61.60 x 50.30 cm (framed: 87.63 x 75.56 x 9.52 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1990