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Title The Attributes of Painting
Collection Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Artist Bonvin, François (French painter and printmaker, 1817-1887)
Date Earliest about 1875
Date Latest about 1880
Signed yes
Description This still life depicts the material used in its making - including palette and brushes, tubes of paint, a portfolio of drawings, an inkwell and a paintbox. The French artist Bonvin painted the objects in the direct and uncompromisingly physical manner of the Realist painters of the mid-19th century. However, the painting was also inspired by Jean-Baptiste Chardin whose Attributes of Painting and Sculpture dates from 1728. Bonvin's canvas is therefore both a truthful study of artfully-arranged objects and an allegory of the art of painting.
Current Accession Number 2001.7
Inscription front ul 'F. Bonvin'
Subject still life; allegory (painting)
Measurements 50.2 x 61.3 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Stoppenbach & Delestre Ltd. 2001 with financial assistance from Resource/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.
Provenance Private collection, Besançon, France.
Publications Verdi, R., The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, London, 2005 rev. ed., p. 92.
Rights Owner The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Author Dr Nicola Gauld/Barber Institute



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