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Rosa (Marie-Rosalie) Bonheur (1822 - 1899)

Untitled, Oil on Canvas (Glued to Board)

Size 14.5 x 9"

Signature, Close Up 1, Close Up 2


Sales Price C$25,000

Rarely during the nineteenth century did the artistic career and recognition of a woman eclipse that of her male counterparts. History recognizes few females from this period in the position of artistic authority, but Rosa Bonheur established herself as the foremost “animalier,” or animal painter, linked with landscape painting and the Realist tradition.

Rosa was a French realist painter and sculptor. Her father was a landscape painter taught by Henri de Saint-Simon. She was the sister of artist Auguste Bonheur and sculptor Isidore Jules Bonheur and the instructor of Anna Elizabeth Klumpke, with whom she later resided.

She was taught to paint by her father, and showed great affinity for animals. She made them her specialty. She was influenced by the English animal painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer. She also studied animal anatomy and prepared sketches and detailed studies before beginning to work on her paintings and sculptures. 

Rosa was considered the most famous woman artist of her time, and was represented by several private art galleries. She is perhaps most famous today because she was known for wearing men's clothing, and is now seen as an early feminist. She lived for fifty years with her female companion Nathalie Micas at her country estate near Fontainebleau. After Micas' death, she taught and lived with the American painter Anna Elizabeth Klumpke. She died at the age of 77. Many of her paintings, which had not been shown publicly, were sold at auction in Paris in 1900.





Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:

Art Institute of Chicago

Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, Landscape with Deer, 1887

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 6 works by Rosa Bonheur

Louvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)  Keep paging forward for several works on paper by Marie Rosalie (Rosa) Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 5 drawings online

Rosa Bonheur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Several paintings online

Metropolitan Museum of Art Timetable of Art History  

Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Commentary on Ploughing in Nevers

Musée d'Orsay Collection Database, Paris, 20 works by Rosa Bonheur online

National Gallery, London, UK, The Horse Fair

Réunion des Musées Nationaux, France, Labourage nivernais ; le sombrage, 1849

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, The Horse Fair, ca.1852

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oxen

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain, 6 works online

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine (Zoomable), Lion Cubs

Brighton & Hove Museums, England

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Connecticut, Brotherly Love (with Auguste Bonheur)

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio,

Crocker Art Museum, California, Landscape

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

Dahesh Museum, New York City (Zoomable), 2 works online

Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, England, The Lion at Home, 1881

Haggin Museum, California, Gathering for the Hunt

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire, Work Horse

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi 

Rosa Bonheur in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, Royalty at Home, Palette

Museum Collection Database for the Region of Haute-Normandie, France

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.

National Museums Liverpool, UK, The Return from the Mill

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2 works by Rosa Bonheur online

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Ringling Museum of Art, Florida, Plowing in Nivernais (Labourages Nivernais), 1850

State Museums of Florence Digital Archive, Italy

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen, Click "English" at the top right to switch the default language, then click "Search"

The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas

The Hepworth Wakefield, England

The Wallace Collection, London, UK

The Walters Art Museum, Maryland

Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, American Mustangs

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida - Provenance Research, A Study of Lions

 National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Joconde Database of French Museum Collections (in French)  

UK National Inventory of Continental European Paintings (NICE)


Pictures from Image Archives:

Rosa Bonheur in the Art Renewal Center


Masterscan feature: The Horse Fair


Masterscan feature: Horse and Rider

Rosa Bonheur at The Athenaeum  21 works online by Bonheur

Wikimedia Commons Image Database  

World Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

New York Public Library Digital Gallery 


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