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The Attributes of Painting

Photo credit: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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This still life depicts the materials used in its making – including palette and brushes, tubes of paint, a portfolio of drawings, an inkwell and a paintbox. The French artist Bonvin painted the objects in the direct and uncompromisingly physical manner of the Realist painters of the mid-nineteenth century. However, the painting was also inspired by Jean-Baptiste Chardin whose 'Attributes of Painting and Sculpture' dates from 1728.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    50.2 x 61.3 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased with the assistance of the Resource/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Barber Institute, 2001


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University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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