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Auguste-François Bonheur

European Art

On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Some mid-nineteenth-century French artists, such as Auguste-François Bonheur, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña, and Théodore Rousseau, were proponents of working en plein air (painting outdoors). In their informal oil sketches, the terrain, foliage, and sky are loosely defined with a series of delicate touches and broad brushstrokes, foreshadowing the Impressionist interest in light and atmosphere. These are the kind of quickly rendered landscapes that might have been used as studies for larger, more formal compositions made in the studio. Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida continued to use this technique in the early twentieth century, making a small oil study of boaters on the coast of Valencia using a bright, vivid color palette.
MEDIUM Oil on paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES mid 1850s
    DIMENSIONS 6 1/2 x 12 3/16 in. (16.5 x 31 cm) frame: 9 1/2 × 15 × 2 1/4 in. (24.1 × 38.1 × 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "A. Bonheur"
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed lower left on paper label: "Auvergne"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in European Art Galleries, 5th floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1993.123.3
    CREDIT LINE Healy Purchase Fund B
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Auguste-François Bonheur (French, 1824-1884). Marshlands, mid 1850s. Oil on paper, 6 1/2 x 12 3/16 in. (16.5 x 31 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Healy Purchase Fund B, 1993.123.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.123.3_SL1.jpg)
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