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At the meeting point of history and art history, this work traces the career of Léon Bonnat and his exceptional success in portrait painting. In addition to this, you need to know more about it. First known for his large religious and decorative compositions, his Italian and Orientalist genre scenes, he remains the great protraitist of the presidents of the Third Republic, politicians, the aristocracy and the French and American big bourgeoisie, but also a number of artists, men of letters and musicians.