Rosa Bonheur, born Marie-Rosalie Bonheur, (16 March 1822 – 25 May 1899) was a French artist, an animalière (painter of animals) and sculptor, known for her artistic realism.Her best-known paintings are Ploughing in the Nivernais, first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1848, and now at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and The Horse Fair (in French: Le marché aux chevaux), which was exhibited at the Salon of 1853 (finished in 1855) and is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City. Bonheur was widely considered to be the most famous female painter during the nineteenth century.
This gorgeous little work of a bellowing bull is finished in a most attractive reddish-brown patina with a chaotic rubbed gilding, entirely original and remaining in excellent condition. The cast is carefully chiseled and the finishing quality is simply gorgeous - cast and finished by the Peyrol foundry, the primary founder for her sculptures with renown for singularly excellent craftsmanship, the bull is a picture of realism. Even the bull’s coat is carefully chiseled to create the surface texture of hair, allowing the darker patina to react more fully in the recesses along the sides of his body, while more fully developed hair is cast along his head and back. The naturalistic base is signed “Rosa B.”
Dimensions: 8.5ʺW × 3.88ʺD × 6ʺH
Condition: Exceptional conditions