(Note: Leon Bonvin, 1834-1866, was a largely self-taught French watercolorist whose work was distinctive in looking almost like a photograph.
Bonvin earned his living as an innkeeper and married in 1861. His inn was not successful and his financial situation worsened. To help the family, he traveled to Paris where his paintings were rejected for being too dark and not happy enough. The next day, Bonvin hung himself in the Meudon forest which had been the subject of many of his works. A later sale brought 8,000 francs to his destitute family. — AThousand Winds)