ROSA BONHEUR

ROSA BONHEUR

Born March 16, 1822, Bordeaux, France

Died May 25, 1899, Thomery, France

  • Considered the most famous female painter of her time, and is credited with gaining equality for female artists; known for her realistic paintings of animals

  • Studied with her father, a landscape painter, who developed her artistic talents, as the academies did not accept women

  • Started exhibiting at the Paris Salon at the age of 19 and continued to do so regularly; in 1848 received a gold medal from a salon jury made up of several established male painters

  • Gained international acclaim in 1853 for her large painting The Horse Fair; was the rst woman to be awarded the Grand Cross by the French Legion of Honor

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