Léon Bonvin, landscapes, 1859-1866. Walters Art Museum, USA.

“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



1.pastoral or rustic poem; poetry where the countryside is portrayed as simple and charming.

2. a pastoral or idyllic poem, usually in the form of a conversation or soliloquy.

3. a poem in which shepherds converse.

Etymology: from Latin ecloga - short poem, collection of extracts, from Greek eklogē - selection, from eklegein - to select.

[Léon Bonvin - Rural Scene]