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Rosalie Bonheur

Rosalie Bonheur

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The daughter of an impoverished French painter, Rosa Bonheur was a famous 19th-Century female artist known for her depiction of horses and for her eccentric lifestyle. However her work fell into obscurity during much of the 20th century, eclipsed by modernist trends.

Biography

The daughter of an impoverished French painter, Rosa Bonheur was a famous 19th-Century female artist known for her depiction of horses and for her eccentric lifestyle. However her work fell into obscurity during much of the 20th century, eclipsed by modernist trends.

She began sketching horses at the Paris horse market at the Boulevard de l\'e Hospital and her greatest success came at the Paris Salon of 1853 with her work, The Horse Fair. She also gained attention for dressing like a man and sketching at the Paris slaughterhouse. Theodore Gericault had great influence on her work as well as Karl Bodmer.

She settled in France just south of Paris near Fontainebleau with her life-long companion, Nathalie Micas, and many animals lived on the premises including boars, stags, horses, oxen and lions. Bonheur died at age 77 from pulmonary influenza.

This biography from the archives of AskART.com.

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