Louis Marin Bonnet
Louis-Marin Bonnet trained with engravers, Louis-Claude LeGrand and Jean-Charles Francois. Francois was the inventor of the chalk-manner technique of printmaking. Bonnet’s prints, made this way were immensely popular with collectors. During the late 1770s and 1780s, he found great success as a color printmaker. Among his patrons were some of the wealthiest Parisians of the time.
At the time of his death, Bonnet was able to leave behind a sizable estate, despite the changing tastes brought on by the Revolution. Bonnet’s “Head of Flora” is known as one of the greatest achievements in French eighteenth-century color printmaking.