Painter and sculptor Rosa Bonheur (1822 - 1899) led a highly nontraditional life, especially for a woman in the nineteenth century. She kept lions as pets, was awarded the Legion of Honor by Empress Eugénie, and befriended "Buffalo Bill" Cody. She became a painter at a time when women were often only reluctantly educated as artists. Her unconventional artistic work habits, including visiting slaughterhouses to sketch an animal's anatomy and wearing men's clothing to gain access to places like a horse fair, where women were not allowed, helped her become one of the most beloved female painters of her time.
This book provides a detailed telling of the life story of this intriguing artist, including discussing several of her famous works, like The Horse Fair and Ploughing in the Nivernais The book also includes a list of museums that house her work, a bibliography, and an index.
"This handsomely designed and illustrated biography grandly introduces the most famous Western female artist of her time.... Macdonald skillfully puts Bonheur’s life and work in cultural and historical context, discussing in detail some of the artist’s most famous works.... Throughout the text and on the case covers are beautiful reproductions of Bonheur’s work and historical ephemera. An elegant, insightful portrait of an artist worth knowing." — Kirkus Reviews
|9 and up
|Jun 5, 2018
|Abrams Books for Young Readers