Leon Bonvin (French, 1834-1866) committed suicide when he finished in financial problems and could not sell his art. A rather melancholic but great artist who gave to his watercolors a delicate touch with careful detailing.
I am thinking that, perhaps if he would have lived in the South of France instead of the Northern France with those long, dark and greyish Winters he might have had a happier mood and a longer life...
No, he was never famous during his life nor he is now, but I thought of including him in this section nevertheless, his work receiving a growing attention...
Leon Bonvin Watercolors
Landscape with a Bare Tree and a Plowman.
Besides the great atmosphere, so typical of our Winters in Switzerland, too, I was impressed by the extreme detailing of the tree's branches.
Rose and grasses, 1863
Rose and grasses, detail. Again, the rough surface of this species of rose is rendered with a high degree of detail...and the effects is almost as if you could feel the touch.
Rose and grasses detail, 1863
Still life, 1863
Rural scene, 1865
Still Life, 1863
Goblets with violets, 1863