About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Still-life with Asparagus
  • date created:
    Dated 1881
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    61.60 x 50.30 cm (framed: 87.63 x 75.56 x 9.52 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1990
  • accession number:
    NG 2524
  • gallery:
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Francois Bonvin

Francois Bonvin