(1833 - 1922)
Leon Joseph Florentin Bonnat was active/lived in United States, France, Spain. Leon Bonnat is known for portrait and history painting, teaching.
Biography Leon Bonnat
Leon Bonnat was known for his portrait painting and teaching, having
been the Director beginning 1905 of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in
Paris. He was born in Bayonne, but from 1846 to 1853, he lived in
Madrid, Spain, where his father owned a bookshop. In Madrid he received
his artistic training under Madrazo.
He later worked in Paris, where he became known as a leading
portraitist, never without a commission. His many portraits show
the influence of Velázquez, Ribera and other Spanish masters, as well
as Titian and Van Dyke, whose works he studied in the Prado.
Following the period in Spain, Bonnat worked in Leon Cogniet's atelier
(1854) then spent three years in the French Academy in Rome (1858-60).
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