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Farm Buildings, Attributed to T. Bonneau

Farm Buildings, Attributed to T. Bonneau

#1978

The place is elusive but the date is painted on the barn, "1904", in this unsigned work by an artist known by one signed work as "T. Bonneau, drawer". Bonneau worked in upper New York State and northern New England and in Canada.
His works are distinctive. They are architecture drawings, usually farm building "portraits", painted in watercolor and gouache, always bold in drawing and interesting in coloration. The artist details linear elements like siding, window frames, foundation stones, chimney and ventilation stacks, and fences and gates.
Particularly distinctive is his spatial treatment that layers buildings vertically to represent recession in space and the continuation of base lines on a horizontal, even when the segments of connected parts of a building indicate that it turns in space, ignoring, or more probably not knowing, the rules of perspective drawing.
Works by this artist are included in "Folk Painters of America" by Robert Bishop, cover and p. 115; "The Marcus Collection", Sotheby's, Ocober 1989, lots 30 and 31; and "Seasonal Selections", The Magazine Antiques", at Giampietro, New York.
27 x 21 1/2 inches sight, 31 3/4 x 25 3/4 framed.