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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


leon bonvin watercolor
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.


Leon Bonvin WatrcolorsRose and grasses, 1863

Leon Bonvin WatercolorsRose 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.




Leon Bonvin Watercolors
Rose and grasses detail, 1863


Leon Bonvin WatercolorFlowering Chrysanthemum

Leon Bonvin Watercolor


Leon Bonvin WatercolorStill life, 1863



Leon Bonvin Watercolor




Leon Bonvin WatercolorRural scene, 1865


Leon Bonvin WatercolorStill Life, 1863



Leon Bonvin WatercolorGoblets with violets, 1863



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