Born in Bayonne, France, near the Spanish border, he lived in Madrid aged 13 to 20 where he learned a good deal about Spanish artists and their works. Perhaps this early familiarity might have led to his use of black and other dark colors in many of his own paintings.
The entry also notes that Bonnat earned a good living painting portraits. However, in today's post I focus mostly on some of his other subjects.
A well-known painting because it's in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He studied in Rome 1858-1860 before moving on to Paris.
He painted many religious subjects.
He traveled in northern Africa, so dabbled in Orientalism. Here, a barber shop scene.
Convincing stress on agony.