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Notre-Dame de France, Le Puy-en-Velay

Jean-Marie Bienaimé Bonnassieux (1810–1892) was a French sculptor.

The son of a cabinet maker from Lyon, Bonnassieux showed talent as a boy and was educated at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, under Augustin-Alexandre Dumont. In 1836 he was the co-winner (with Auguste Ottin) of the Prix de Rome. Bonnassieux subsequently taught at the Ecole, and among his students in the 1880s was the young American Lorado Taft, and the British-American sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson. Bonnassieux is set in the context of rigid French academic training in the 19th century in a study of the careers of seventeen winners of the Prix de Rome by A. Le Normand, La Tradition Classique et l'Esprit Romantique: Les sculpteurs de l'académie de France à Rome de 1824 à 1840 (Rome, 1991).

Bonnassieux is buried at Montparnasse Cemetery.

Wisdom, Truth and Error, Pavillon de Marsan

Selected works


  • Daniel Cady Eaton, A Handbook of Modern French Sculpture,
  • Thierry Boyer-Bonnassieux

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