Monday, 17 October 2016

Léon Bonnat – An Establishment Painter

For today's art post, I once again dipped into the collection of the Musée D'Orsay.  This portrait at the top of the post is by Léon Bonnat – it is of his mother.  I think this is a lovely, sympathetic but truthful portrait.

This one is quite a contrast – it is of a newly elected President of France, Jules Grevy – who I had never heard of before.  My grip on French history in 1880 not being up to much!  The portrait just reeks of power and solemnity.

Which one do you like the best?


  1. Interesting portraits....actually, the one of his mother looks so serene....

  2. I love the mother! What an amazing painting.....both are!


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