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Francois Bonvin (1817-1887 ) was a French realist painter.Bonvin was born in humble circumstances in Paris, the son of a police officer and a seamstress. The young Bonvin started drawing at an early age. His potential was recognized by a friend of the family, who paid for him to attend a school for drawing instruction at age eleven. This instruction ended after two years, when his father apprenticed him to a printer, and Bonvin was to remain mostly self-taught as an artist. He spent his free time at the Louvre where he especially appreciated the Dutch old masters and was welcomed by the collector Louis La Caze.   more from wikipedia »