A Woman Among Painters: Rosa Raymond Bonheur

Jan 23, 2013 3:25PM

Although Rosa Bonheur came from a family of artists, she was prevented from studying at the Académie because of her sex. Despite this rejection, she became known as one of the best painters of animals in the Realist tradition. Bonheur's Tiger Resting on a Ledge is one example of her mastery. Bonheur never received formal training. She learned anatomy by copying sketchbooks, visiting slaughterhouses and even performing dissections of animals at the École nationale vétérinaire d’Alfort outside Paris. She was the first woman to receive many awards granted to men including the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

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