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Rosa Bonheur was born in Bordeaux, her father was a painter who exhibited in the Paris Salon. She showed an aptitude for painting animals from a young age and first exhibited at the Salon in 1841. She became an Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1894. Queen Victoria was a friend and patron of her work. Rosa Bonheur was widely acclaimed as an animal painter during her lifetime. She is best known for her paintings of horses, often painted on a large scale (one in particular depicts ten life-size horses). Many important French public collections hold her work.

Nature in Art







oil on canvas


H 44.3 x W 53.8 cm

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Acquisition method

on loan from a private collection, 1993

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Inscription description

Signed Rosa Bonheur 1888


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