Seated Woman Reading (c.1862). François Bonvin (French, 1817-1887). Oil on wood panel. Baltimore Museum of Art.After becoming acquainted with Gustave Courbet, Bonvin became a leading exponent of Realism. Though he had little money, he encouraged and supported other artists, frequently giving supplies to his talented half-brother, Leon Bonvin. When the Salon rejected his fellow Realists James McNeill Whistler and Henri Fantin-Latour in 1859, Bonvin exhibited their work in his atelier.