The Wallace Collection

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A Waggon and a Team of Horses
  • Rosa Bonheur (1822 - 1899)
  • A Waggon and a Team of Horses
  • France
  • 1852
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 34.3 x 62.4 cm
    Overall size: 61 x 89 x 5.5 cm
  • Signature: 'Rosa Bonheur 1852'
  • P260
  • Reserve Gallery
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Although a pupil of her father Oscar-Raymond Bonheur, Rosa Bonheur was largely self-taught, owing much to her study of Dutch animal paintings in the Louvre. She became the leading French animal painter of her time, much admired in Britain and America where her paintings fetched high prices. Her works are characterized by an unsentimental naturalism derived from close observation. In 1859 she acquired the château de By at Thomery near Fontainebleau, where she established a studio and a menagerie. Despite her fondness for wearing male attire, which shocked many of her contemporaries, she enjoyed considerable social success. She was the first woman to receive the Legion of Honour.