Rosa Bonheur Lions Unknown


Born 1822
Died 1899
Nationality French

A painter and sculptor, Bonheur was principally known for her sympathetic portrayal of animals. She herself kept a small menagerie and dissected animals to gain anatomical knowledge. Her masterpiece The Horse Fair (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), based on drawings done at the horse market near La Salpetrière, led to international recognition and a tour of the UK and Scotland, where the Highland landscape had a profound influence on her work. After 1860 she withdrew from the Paris art world and settled near Fontainebleau with her companion, Nathalie Micas.