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Dimensions: Length 70cm Width: 80cm with the frame.
French painter (Bayonne 1833 - Monchy-Saint-Eloi, Oise, 1922).
Bonnat was at first a pupil of Madrazzo, in Madrid, where his parents lived, then of Cogniet, in Paris. He obtained only the second prize of Rome in 1857, but thanks to the subsidies allocated by his native city, he stayed for three years with the residents of Villa Medici. He reported studies on the motive of spontaneity and freedom of execution that the painter "arrived" will no longer know (Museum Bayonne). Although he studied the painters of the Italian Renaissance, it was the influence of the Spanish painters that prevailed over his art, and more precisely that of Ribera, which he distinguished in his religious works: the Redemption of galley slaves by Saint Vincent de Paul (1865, Paris, Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs church), Job (1880, Bayonne museum), and in these wall decorations, Martyrdom of Saint Denis (1885, Pantheon). However, the artist's immense reputation with his contemporaries stemmed from his talent as a portrait painter, and, apart from a brilliant but brief period, when he sacrificed to Orientalism following a trip to Egypt, Palestine. and in Turkey (At the Eastern Barber, 1872, Moscow, Museum of Fine Arts-Pushkin), he devoted himself to the representation of the personalities of his time. At thirty-five, he was already famous; the Empress Eugenie honored him with his protection, then the Third Republic raised him to the summit of glory.