Handwritten labels in the corners of these two compositions reveal the sites Bonheur painted—Le Puy and Auvergne—regions in southern and central France. The artist rendered the open valleys and rolling hills in a series of quick brushstrokes that emphasize the broad topography of the landscapes before him.
Bonheur completed these oil sketches while traveling throughout France, returning to the subjects later in his studio to execute more formal pictures for exhibition. Tiny holes in the corners of the sketches suggest that Bonheur pinned his sheets of paper to a board in order to paint.
Oil on paper
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)
Signed lower left: "A. Bonheur"
Inscribed lower left on paper label: "Auvergne"
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Healy Purchase Fund B
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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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