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In his delicate studies of flowers and fields, like this panoramic view of the distant Paris, Bonvin captured the beauty of nature, observed with an innocent, untrained eye. His untutored responses to nature permitted him to be more experimental than his contemporaries working in watercolor. A realist in his rendering of natural detail, Bonvin simultaneously foreshadowed Impressionism with his interest in light and atmosphere.
Inscription: VERSO, center, in black ink: 35.49. [upsidedown] ; ON A SEPERATELY APPLIED PIECE OF PAPER (now removed and in departmental file), inscribed in brown ink: 158. Vue panoramiq[cropped] / environs de Paris - aquarelle / Léon Bonvin.
Medium: watercolor and gouache over black chalk
Dimensions: Sheet: 9.3 x 25 cm (3 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Robert Arthur Mann
Accesion Number: 1977.22
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