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Alexandre Francois Bonnardel was born in Pajay on the 6th September 1867. Bonnardel was not born into an artistic family, and only when he was 24 did he manage to convince his family to allow him to attend the National School of Fine Art in Lyon in 1891.

 

During his time in Lyon his talents were quickly recognised, and he became a student of Jean-Baptiste Poncet and later Ernest Zacharie. With Poncet and Zacharie’s guidance and his own skill he exhibited in the Salon of Beaux-Arts in Lyon. In the salon of 1899 he received 1st medal for his oil on canvas, and an honourable mention in the salon of 1909.

 

Bonnardel’s impressionist open-air scenes were admired during his lifetime, and still hold their reputation today. He also enjoyed drawing and engraving traditional figures of Lyon puppetry; Guignol, Gnafron and Madelon. Bonnardel died on the 21st December 1942 in Lyon.

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