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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.
oil on canvas
50.2 x 61.3 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Resource/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Barber Institute, 2001
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS EnglandView venue
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