FRANÇOIS BONVIN

Paris 1817-1887 Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Nature morte aux oeufs, 1878

Signed and dated, lower right, F. Bonvin 78; also inscribed with a poem on the reverse of the panel, . . . Je souffre le martyre/Le temps de la joie et du rire -/Le bon temps – hélas est passé;/Mais, avant d’être trépassé,/En échange de tes étrennes/Pour que de moi tu te souviennes,/Sur la tombe à demi penché,/Voici l’oeuf dur que j’ai poché./Ton ami./f. Bonvin/24 février 1878.


Oil on panel

7 ⅝ x 9 ¾ inches

19.4 x 25 cm

Provenance

Private collection, Italy

Galerie Berès, Paris, 1998

Pino Gavazzeni, Milan, until 2013


Exhibitions

Probably, Paris, Galerie D. Rothschild, Exposition de tableaux et de dessins par François Bonvin, 10-31 May 1886, either no. 32, 36, 90, or 96

Pittsburgh, The Frick Art and Historical Center, and New York, W. M. Brady & Co., 1998-1999, François Bonvin: The Master of the “Realist School,” 1817-1887, exhibition catalogue by A. Berès and M. Arveiller, cat. no. 91, illustrated


Literature

_______, Gustave Courbet e il suo tempo, Verona, 2008, pp. 144-45, 227, cat. no. 70, illustrated (with essays by J.-J. Fernier and P. Gavazzeni)


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