An oil on canvas (relined) portrait of French artist Rosa Bonheur, pictured with a bull. Originally painted in 1857 by Edouard Dubufe this painting is an antique reproduction. The subject Rosa Bonheur was a famous animaliere, an artist who specialised in painting animals as represented by the bull and paintbrush.
In the 19th century, Rosa Bonheur broke boundaries to become one of France's most acclaimed female artists. With her skillfully rendered, realistic paintings of animals, Bonheur appealed to an array of contemporary audiences, from juries of the prestigious Paris Salon to members of the general public. While such a feat would be impressive for any female artist, it was particularly groundbreaking for Bonheur, a gender-bending creative whose unapologetically feminist views shaped everything from her early life to her later success.
“Why shouldn’t I be proud to be a woman? My father, that enthusiastic apostle of humanity, told me again and again that it was a woman’s mission to improve the human race… To his doctrines I owe my great and glorious ambition for the sex to which I proudly belong, whose independence I’ll defend till my dying day,” she said in her final years.
Dimensions: 97cm H x 77cm W x 3cm D