Attributes of Music

Attributes of Music

1863

François Bonvin

(French, 1817-1887)

Oil on fabric

Unframed: 62.6 x 116 cm (24 5/8 x 45 11/16 in.)

Bequest of Noah L. Butkin 1980.233

Description

A lute and flute rest on top of sheet music. This painting was intended to hang above a door, opposite still lifes that represented the other fine arts of painting and sculpture (the two related paintings are in the Musée du Louvre, Paris). Bonvin was part of the 19th-century movement known as Realism. Led by Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), the Realist painters were interested in depicting the world that surrounded them, as well as the popular culture of their time.

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