Description In the Louvre Museum, Bonvin admired the genre paintings of the 17th-century Dutch and French masters and was also inspired by the works of the recently rediscovered Jean-Siméon Chardin, the 18th-century French still-life and genre painter. This work recalls The Card Players, a painting by the Dutch artist Pieter de Hooch. The placard hanging on the wall in the background bears the title GOODWIN, which is both an allusion to his family's inn, Le Bon Vin, in Vaugirard on the outskirts of Paris, and a play on the artist's surname Bonvin, or "good wine."
- The Realist Tradition: French Painting and Drawing, 1830-1900. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis; Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. 1980-1982.
- Manet and Modern Paris. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 1982-1983.
Provenance A. Bellino; A. Bellino Sale, Paris, May 20, 1892; Charles T. Yerkes [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Charles T. Yerkes Sale, American Art Association, New York, April 5-9, 1910, no. 11; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: F. Bonvin; [Date] Lower right: 1867
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910
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