As is often the case, I was browsing through my only real guilty pleasure, the wonderful blog sissydude when I stumbled upon this arresting face.
Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat
Self portrait ca. 1850
It is a self portrait of the 17 year old Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat, aside from being sickened by his prodigious talent, I was of course struck by his great beauty.
b. 20th of June 1833
d, 9th of September 1922
I know of Bonnat from only one work, this very sexy image of Jacob wrestling with the tormenting angel.
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
As I researched I began to realize I was far more familiar with his work then I had initially thought; I had seen images of his work, but hadn’t placed his pretty face as the author.
Like the painter Bazille there was this interconnection between Bonnat and his contemporaries; Bonnat sat for Degas, one can understand why Degas would want to record this face. It is difficult to not read a certain homo-social element to these portraits.
Of course I was fascinated to stumble upon this image of Bonnat’s studio.
Aside from these frankly sexy images, Bonnat was well regarded as a painter of genre scenes.
I love this tale of Giotto, so I was particularly tickled to stumble upon this image.
I will certainly re-file it.
In addition to religious themed art, and genre painting, Bonnat was best known for his portraiture.
Musée d’ Orsay
All in all I am terribly impressed with this painter, I admit I was drawn to that face, but his work satisfies long after his beauty has passed.
As is so often the case , there is a Facebook page devoted to this great painter, please join me in and “like” the site.
I’m number 15, surely he deserves better then that!