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Portrait of William T. Walters
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Portrait of William T. Walters

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Description Before moving to Paris in 1854, Bonnat trained in Madrid. The stark realism and sharp contrasts in light and shadow of Bonnat's mature style reflect the influence of the great 17th-century Spanish master Diego Velázquez. Until the late 1870s, Bonnat specialized in historical subjects and scenes inspired by a visit to the Holy Land and Egypt undertaken with J.-L. Gérôme in 1868-1869. During the early years of France's Third Republic (1870-1940), however, Bonnat gained an international following for his dramatically illuminated portraits of statesmen and leaders in many fields. Because of their shared admiration for the animal sculptures of the French artist Antoine-Louis Barye, a close association developed between Bonnat, Walters, and the Baltimore expatriate and art consultant George A. Lucas.
Date Description Narrative
11/21/1972Treatmentmounted; loss compensation; coated; other
3/01/1973Treatmentmounted; loss compensation; coated
4/02/1973Examinationexamined for condition
9/02/1980Treatmentexamined for condition
3/09/1981Examinationexamined for condition
5/23/1981Examinationexamined for condition
  • A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Commissioned by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, March 30, 1883 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 560.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: Leon Bonnat; [Date] Lower right: 1883
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1883

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H: 56 1/2 x W: 40 9/16 in. (143.5 x 103 cm) Framed: H 70 3/8 × W: 54 1/2 × D: 4 1/2 in. (178.75 × 138.43 × 11.43 cm)
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