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The Young Housewife

BONVIN, François (1817 - 1887)

[image: The Young Housewife]

Media: oil on board

Size: 40.5 x 32.1 cm

Acquired: 1914; Purchase; Pyke Thompson funds

Accession Number: NMW A 2644

Although largely self-taught, Bonvin was influenced by François Marius Granet and Gustave Courbet. Accepted by the Salon from 1847, he was successful during the Second Empire and received the Legion d'Honneur in 1870. This cabinet painting of a young woman peeling potatoes dates from around 1855. Its realism is based in part on the genre scenes of Jean-Baptiste Chardin (1731-68) and the seventeenth-century Dutch School.

1 comment

Arthur Harris on 27 November 2009, 09:53

One of my favourite paintings. Delighted to find it on the internet. I am sad it is no longer displayed. It gave me and still does a lot of pleasure.

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