“He had but the cold hours of the morning or the heavy hours of the night in which to draw and paint his water-colors” … Despite displaying great talent, Bonvin was largely unrecognized by his contemporaries. In 1866 he hanged himself at the age of 32, apparently due to financial difficulties. More: thewalters.org
Léon Bonvin, Birds Resting on Bushes, 1864. Watercolor. France.
Working at his family’s “cabaret,” he sketched and painted watercolors only in his spare moments, yet in a seven year period til his death he created numerous exquisite still lifes of flowers and fruits, and subtle landscapes. More: Walters Art Museum