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Sketch of Five Bulls with Color Notes
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Sketch of Five Bulls with Color Notes

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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. This annotated drawing proves her attention to detail when sketching from life. In the 1850s, Bonheur 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; mounted; other
  • A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • 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.
  • Public Property. 2012.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions color notations overall
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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2nd half 19th century
graphite and watercolor on beige, thin, transparent wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
10 11/16 x 15 3/16 in. (27.1 x 38.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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