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Oct 28, 2008

A Nun Seated at a Table Knitting

A Nun Seated at a Table Knitting


François Bonvin

(French, 1817–1887)

Gouache and watercolor

Support: Cream laid paper

Sheet: 21.3 x 17.2 cm (8 3/8 x 6 3/4 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.399



François Bonvin was a prolific watercolorist, and he developed a lifelong interest in modest religious subjects showing scenes of everyday life. This delightfully simple image of a nun knitting reveals the artist's appreciation for 17th-century Dutch artists such as Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), whose work he copied.

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