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    ROSA BONHEUR (French 1822-1899)
    The Monarch of the Herd, 1868
    Oil on canvas
    31-1/4 x 39 inches (79.4 x 99.1 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: Rosa Bonheur / 1868

    Provenance:
    Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge

    Rosa Bonheur was born into a family of artists and progressive thinkers. Her father was a believer in Saint-Simonianism, a Christian-socialist sect that promoted the education of women alongside men. In spite of her difficulties with formal education, Rosa was taught to read by her mother by drawing animal illustrations for the alphabet. She was disruptive in the classroom and was expelled from numerous schools. Her father agreed to train her as an artist. She copied images of animals from books, models, and from the animals in the rural areas close by Paris. She studied animal anatomy and osteology by visiting the slaughterhouses and by dissecting animals. Her paintings of animals met with great acclaim due to their realistic portrayals. Bonheur became famous as an animalière and realist artist, even while the actual scenes of wildlife were rapidly disappearing due to the increasing industrialization of Europe.


    Condition Report*: Canvas has been relined, with thick, yellowed varnish. Pin-prick size repair to upper left quadrant in the horizon, possible 3" veritcal repair lower center, otherwise good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
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