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Old Woman with Copper Pot
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Old Woman with Copper Pot

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Description Whether painting in oils or watercolors, Bonvin frequently presented intimate views of solitary figures set against a neutral, interior background. An elderly peasant woman is represented seated on ladderback armchair that is turned at a slight angle. In her lap, she holds a copper warming pot upon which she rests her gnarled hands. The artist has employed his customary muted palette, limited to browns, grays, reds, and blacks with small areas of yellow and white. In this instance, the subject's intensely white headdress and her colorful shawl sharply contrast with her otherwise somber attire. The same model posed for Bonvin's drawing "Femme à la lampe" (1864), in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. The gleaming copper pot also occurred in an oil painting, "Le banc des pauvres" (1864), now in the Musée de Montpellier, and in two drawings of the same year.
Date Description Narrative
4/20/1979Examinationexamined for exhibition
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; mounted; other
  • A Supple Brush: The Flowering of Continental Watercolors. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • French Master Drawings. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997-1998.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signed and dated] Lower left, in brown ink: F. Bonvin, 1862; [Number] Verso in graphite: 12
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters

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transparent and opaque watercolor with graphite underdrawing, pen and iron gall ink, heightened with gum varnish on blue-gray, moderately thick, moderately textured, laid cartridge-style paper
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H: 8 1/8 x W: 6 1/8 in. (20.6 x 15.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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