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Still Life with Book, Papers and Inkwell
François Bonvin

The glasses and the book in this picture may have a symbolic meaning. Bonvin was interested in Dutch and Flemish 17th-century painting, where still lifes often had a 'vanitas' theme, emphasising the transience and mortality of life.

The work is unusual for being painted on zinc.

Key facts
Artist François Bonvin
Artist dates 1817 - 1887
Full title Still Life with Book, Papers and Inkwell
Date made 1876
Medium and support Oil on zinc
Dimensions 36.2 x 48.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917
Inventory number NG3234
Location in Gallery Not on display
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