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Landscape in Auvergne

Auguste-François Bonheur

European Art

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Auguste-François Bonheur traveled across France in the 1850s, sketching the geographic and ecological diversity of the countryside and identifying the regions by handwritten labels affixed to the sketches. Tiny holes in the corners of the sketches suggest that he pinned his sheets of paper to a board while sketching outside. The mottled brown ground at the left in this painting of Auvergne may indicate the harvesting of peat, a type of soil used as fuel, or earth disturbed by cattle hooves, either indicating the human effect on the landscape.
MEDIUM Oil on paper mounted on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1850
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 × 16 7/8 in. (19.1 × 42.9 cm) frame: 9 3/4 × 19 1/2 × 1 3/4 in. (24.8 × 49.5 × 4.4 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Ate. Bonheur"
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed lower right on label: "Puy"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Healy Purchase Fund B
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Auguste-François Bonheur (Bordeaux, France, 1824–1884, Meudon, France). Landscape in Auvergne, ca. 1850. Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 7 1/2 × 16 7/8 in. (19.1 × 42.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Healy Purchase Fund B, 1993.36 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.36_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, framed, 1993.36_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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