François BONVIN (Vaugirard 1817 - Saint-Germain-en-Laye 1887)

A Woman Sewing Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with some watercolour and heightened with touches of white, on light brown paper.
Signed and dated f. Bonvin 50 at the lower right.
317 x 239 mm. (12 1/2 x 9 3/8 in.)

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Dated 1850, this is a fine and typical example of the sort of finished drawing that Bonvin would have intended for sale. Intimate studies of women sewing appear occasionally in Bonvin’s oeuvre, and it may be noted that the artist’s mother, who died when he was just four years old, was a seamstress, while his stepmother ran a sewing workshop in Vaugirard.

A stylistically comparable study by Bonvin of a seamstress, dated November 1847, is in a French private collection. Among other analogous drawings by the artist is a study of a kitchen maid, formerly in the collection of Charles Ryskamp, and a drawing of a woman slicing bread, signed and dated 1850, which is a study for a small painting completed the following year.

François BONVIN

A Woman Sewing

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