interior, woman emerging from a doorway at left holding a large storage vessel in proper left hand and the door on her right; window with light shining through at upper right corner, water bucket to right of doorway on floor

Up from the Cellar (La Sortie de la cave), 1857

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François Bonvin’s paintings, drawings, and prints often depicted women doing chores. We see them pouring water from pitchers, cutting bread for the family meal, ironing, or, as in this painting, fetching a container of wine. The setting is likely one Bonvin knew by heart: the background resembles the inn owned by his father in Vaugirard, just outside Paris.

A dedicated realist, Bonvin found his models in the world around him. Picturing the small, routine moments of workaday life was not unusual among nineteenth-century artists, linking them to their Dutch forebears in the 1600s, who likewise favored heightened realism and themes of familiar daily activity.

Details
Title
Up from the Cellar (La Sortie de la cave)
Artist Life
Paris 1817–Saint-Germain-en-Laye 1887
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.83.1
Provenance
[Cottier and Company, Paris]; [Victor G. Fischer Art Company of Washington, February 1912]; [Anderson Galleries, New York]; Howard J. Jackman Collection, 1924; Richard Schneiderman, until 1970; to Gabriel and Yvonne Weisberg, Minneapolis; their gift to Mia, 2015
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interior, woman emerging from a doorway at left holding a large storage vessel in proper left hand and the door on her right; window with light shining through at upper right corner, water bucket to right of doorway on floor