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Andalusian Bulls

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Description Rosa Bonheur was the most successful female artist of the19th century. She specialized in paintings of animals. Bonheur's art was underpinned by detailed, analytical study, and she is known to have visited slaughterhouses and dissected animals to acquire an understanding of anatomy. In the 1850s, she also kept a collection of horses, sheep, and goats in her Paris studio for study purposes. Later, she kept an even larger menagerie, including lions, at her château in By at the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, where she moved in 1860 and lived for the rest of her life ("Rosa Bonheur," Bordeaux, 1997).
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned; other
  • Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899). Musee des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux; Musée de l'Ecole de Barbizon, Barbizon; Dahesh Museum of Art, New York. 1997-1998.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance Purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, September 10, 1883 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 571.
Inscriptions "R. Bonheur/1867" in graphite at lower right, recto; "anroches" in graphite, lower right, recto
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1879

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ink wash with white heightening over graphite underdrawing on slightly textured, moderately thick, blue laid paper.
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H: 13 5/16 x W: 18 3/16 in. (33.8 x 46.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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