Friday, November 22, 2013

Who Painted This #53

Who painted this? #53
A winter painting for this week's challenge - by a painter I'd not heard of before.

Don't forget besides wanting the answers to all the usual questions (see below) I'd also like to hear about what you managed to find out about the artist and painting - and the best answer wins this week's challenge!


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  • use your brains not software to find the answer - search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog - do not leave the answer on Facebook!
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is NOT THIS WEEK the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know. It's the person who does all this AND provides the BEST answer (see above)

Who Painted This #51 - The Answer


Birds resting on bushes (1864)
by Léon Bonvin
  • Title of the artworkBirds Resting on Bushes
  • Name of the artist who created this artworkLéon Bonvin (1834-1866)
  • Date it was created: 1864
  • Media used: watercolor with gum heightening, gouache, iron gall ink and pen, and graphite over graphite underdrawing on slightly textured, moderately thick, cream wove paper; Height: 24.4 cm (9.6 in). Width: 18.5 cm (7.3 in).
  • Where it lives now: Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA
This webpage on the Walters Art Museum website displays more lovely paintings by this very accomplished artist. He excelled at painting wild flowers.

You can also see more of his paintings on James Gurney's blog in this post The sad and beautiful story of Léon Bonvin

This the story of the artist as told on the Walters Art Museum website
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 seven year period between 1859 and his death he created numerous exquisite still lifes of flowers and fruits, and subtle landscapes capturing fleeting atmospheric effects. There is evidence that, despite his rural home, Bonvin did have knowledge of the art world in Paris. His half-brother was the better known artist, François Bonvin. In addition Bonvin's still lifes show the influence of Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779), whose work was undergoing a revival in the 1850s and 60s. During the 19th century an appreciation of Bonvin's work was confined to a small circle of connoisseurs and collectors, most prominent among them William T. Walters, father of Henry Walters, founder of the Walters Art Museum. For much of the 19th century William displayed and stored his watercolors in a deluxe leather-bound album with a specially commissioned frontispiece and tailpiece by the renowned flower painter of the Lyon school, Jean-Marie Reignier (see WAM 37.1501 and 37. 1531). William's collection of Bonvin's work was acquired between 1862 and 1891, and eventually comprised 56 watercolors and one, rare oil; today, this is the largest collection of Bonvin's work in existence.

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #52? - Just one person got it right this week - Bernadette Madden.  Not surprising as the painter was a bit more obscure than usual.

Bernadette did a very thorough job as per usual in researching what is known about painter and painting.  You can read more about him by clicking the link to the post