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Auguste-François Bonheur traveled across France in the 1850s, sketching the geographic and ecological diversity of the countryside and identifying the regions by handwritten labels affixed to the sketches. Tiny holes in the corners of the sketches suggest that he pinned his sheets of paper to a board while sketching outside. The mottled brown ground at the left in his painting of Auvergne (1993.36) may indicate the harvesting of peat, a type of soil used as fuel, or earth disturbed by cattle hooves, either indicating the human effect on the landscape.
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"
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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