Roman Girl at a Fountain

Léon Bonnat French

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This picture is one of the last genre scenes that Bonnat produced before he turned exclusively to portraiture. He probably agreed to paint the work for collector Catharine Lorillard Wolfe about 1873. Two years later the painting was delivered to Wolfe’s Madison Avenue brownstone, where it hung in the library, along with her three-quarter-length portrait by Cabanel (87.15.82). In October 1885, soon before she died, Wolfe moved Roman Girl at a Fountain, said to be one of her favorite works, to a specially constructed niche in her dining room.

Roman Girl at a Fountain, Léon Bonnat (French, Bayonne 1833–1922 Monchy-Saint-Eloi), Oil on canvas

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