Rosa Bonheur Art Paintings

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Living in the 19th century there wasn't a lot of women painters. Rosa Bonheur was one of the women painters in this century. Animals was mostly the subject matte she paints. Rosa was known for her realistic paintings. Rosa Bonheur was born on March 16, 1822 in Bordeaux, France. Her father Raymond was a professional painter. He was known for his portraits and realistic landscapes. Her mother was a teacher of music. Rosa had two brothers Auguste and Isidore and one sister Juliette (Hird). In 1833, Rosa's mother died and Rosa was sent to a trade school devoted to teaching young women marketable skills such as sewing. She was expelled shortly after starting at the school. She was then sent to another boarding school but expelled from that one also. In 1835, Raymond decided to give Rosa artistic training. After Rosa was expelled the second time her father decided to train her to become an artist. She was a very good student and mostly p ainted animals and landscapes. She often sold her works to older art students. She was know as a realist painter (Rosa Bonheur Facts). When her father remarried they moved to the countryside of France. She began to study animals and how they were structured. She said that “every animal had an individual character.” She would study animals in such depth that she would dissect them to learn more about them. She suggested that any animal painter should follow her example (Hird). Rosa wasn't your typical woman, she dressed in overalls which she needed a license from the police to do so. She smoked in the public and that wasn't something women did. She visited slaughter houses on a regular basis (Esaak). She sent in works to the Salon and they were accepted but received no comment. She then sent in... ... middle of paper ... ...his painting in such detail. She was really focused on the muscling of the oxen. To compare Ploughing in the Nivernais to the painting The Horse Fair one of the first things I see is in both painting there is people working with animals. In one painting it is oxen and the other it is horses. Rosa captures the muscling of the animals in each painting perfectly. There is green trees and blue skys in both images. She captures the majesticness of both horses and oxen. To compare the images in Ploughing in Nivernais the oxen are docile and don't seem to be trying to get away from their handlers but in The Horse Fair some horses are trying to get away from their handlers. There is any horses running and some rearing up. Alot of the men in The Horse Fair seem to not be able to control the horses while in the other painting the people seem to have the oxen under control.

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