Bonnat, Léon

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Bonnat, Léon Gender: M
Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat
born on 20 June 1833 at 14:30 (= 2:30 PM )
Place Bayonne, France, 43n29, 1w29
Timezone LMT m1w29 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
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Léon Bonnat


French portrait painter and teacher of many well-known artists.

Bonnat studied under Federico Madrazo in Madrid and, sponsored by the city of Bayonne, under Léon Cogniet in Paris. His earlier works are religious paintings in which his study of Spanish Baroque art is evident. His later and better-known portrait series of prominent Europeans and Americans was begun in 1875. In these he drew inspiration from Diego Velázquez and the Spanish realists. His subjects included Adolphe Thiers, Victor Hugo, Hippolyte Taine, Louis Pasteur, J.-A.-D. Ingres, and other contemporaries. He painted about 200 portraits, most of them featuring photographically accurate draftsmanship and subdued colouring.

In 1888 Bonnat became professor of painting at the École des Beaux-Arts, and he became its director in 1905. He was an influential teacher—his students included Thomas Eakins, Gustave Caillebotte, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec—and he ran a busy studio for more than three decades. His excellent and wide-ranging art collection is part of the Bonnat Museum in Bayonne.

He died at 4 AM on 8 September 1922 in Monchy-Saint-Éloi.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) student relationship with Bulcke, Émile (born 20 March 1875)
  • (has as) student relationship with Dufy, Raoul (born 3 June 1877)
  • (has as) student relationship with Roll, Alfred (born 1 March 1846)


  • Work : New Job 1888 (Professor of painting)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 8 September 1922 at 04:00 AM in Monchy-Saint-Éloi (Age 89)
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Source Notes

Gauquelin Vol 4/141

Sy Scholfield cites same birth data from registry ("Bayonne/acte n°221") quoted in "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ou les labyrinthes du Temps: Art et géométrie temporelle" by Gérard and Julie Conton (Mémoires du Monde, 2015), p. 401; death data on same page ("Château de Monchy Saint Eloi/acte n°25").


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (School director)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor of art, painting)