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Mountains with Mist

Auguste-François Bonheur

European Art

With these images of mountains, wetlands, valleys, and fields, Bonheur demonstrates his keen interest in diverse topographies and atmospheric effects. The artist traveled widely throughout France in the 1850s with his sister Rosa, a prominent painter of animal subjects. Bonheur noted the sites in the Pyrenees Mountains and Auvergne on labels that he glued to the bottom corners of his sketches and used these identifications later, to prompt his memory while working on more formal exhibition pictures. Tiny holes in the corners of the sketches suggest that Bonheur pinned his sheets of paper to a board in order to paint.
MEDIUM Oil on paper mounted on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES mid 1850s
    DIMENSIONS 10 1/2 × 16 9/16 in. (26.7 × 42.1 cm) frame: 13 1/2 × 19 × 1 1/4 in. (34.3 × 48.3 × 3.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "A. Bonheur"
    INSCRIPTIONS Signed lower right on label: "Pyrenees/Aspes"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1993.123.1
    CREDIT LINE Healy Purchase Fund B
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Auguste-François Bonheur (Bordeaux, France, 1824–1884, Meudon, France). Mountains with Mist, mid 1850s. Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 10 1/2 × 16 9/16 in. (26.7 × 42.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Healy Purchase Fund B, 1993.123.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.123.1_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1993.123.1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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