Thursday, May 28, 2015

Art and the Egyptian Women - 1869-1870

An Egyptian Peasant Woman and Her Child (1869-1870) 
Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat (20 June 1833 – 8 September 1922) 
A French painter

Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat (20 June 1833 – 8 September 1922) was a French painter. He won a medal of honor in Paris in 1869, going on to become one of the leading artists of his day. Bonnat went on to win the Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur and became a professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1882. In May 1905 he succeeded Paul Dubois as director of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Julius Kaplan characterised Bonnat as "a liberal teacher who stressed simplicity in art above high academic finish, as well as overall effect rather than detail." Bonnat's emphasis on overall effect on the one hand, and rigorous drawing on the other, put him in a middle position with respect to the Impressionists and academic painters like his friend Jean-Léon Gérôme. In 1917, Bonnat was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Honorary Corresponding member. More