Michel Honoré Bounieu

Michel Honoré Bounieu (1740-1814) was a French painter of historical subjects and a mezzotint engraver.


Bounieu was born at Marseilles in 1740. He was a pupil of Peter , and became a member of the Academy at Paris in 1767. He was keeper of the prints at the National Library from 1792 to 1794, and for the next twenty years professor drawing at the School of Ponts-et-Chaussées . He exhibited many pictures at the Salon , and at his own studio those of Adam and Eve after their expulsion from Paradise , and Bathsheba , the train of which he himself engraved. The Museum of Fine Arts in Bordeaux has a Head of a Woman , and a Batherby him. He died in Paris in 1814, leaving a daughter, Emilie Bounieu, later Madame Raveau, who inherited her father’s talent, and exhibited historical subjects and portraits from 1800 to 1819. [2]


Bounieu engraved about fifteen subjects from his own designs. They include: [2]

  • Adam and Eve after their expulsion from Paradise .
  • The Magdalen .
  • Love led by Folly .
  • The Punishment of a Vestal .
  • The Birth of Henry IV; an allegory .
  • The Deluge .
  • The Odalisque .


  1. Jump up^ “Removing Rodope’s Shoe” . Mona Lisa . Retrieved 12 January 2014 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Bryan 1886

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