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Rosa Bonheur in the Wyoming

Until August 16, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Wyoming is presenting an exhibition dedicated to women painters, and in particular to Rosa Bonheur, of whom it has 6 paintings. The tribute to this figure of animal painting is particularly welcome on the occasion of the bicentenary of his birth!

Rosa Bonheur (France, 1822–1899), Chamois Mother and Baby, 1888. Oil on canvas. 10 1/4 x 13 ¼ inches. Gift of the 2003 Collectors Circle, National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Rosa Bonheur (France, 1822–1899), Chamois Mother and Baby, 1888. Oil on canvas. 10 1/4 x 13 ¼ inches. Gift of the 2003 Collectors Circle, National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) was one of the most famous female artists of the 19th century and one of the most esteemed animal painters in history. Its reputation and popularity grew steadily during the Victorian era, particularly among the British middle class. Rosa Bonheur's animal paintings show her attention to detail through her extensive studies of animal anatomy.

Portrait de Rosa Bonheur par Anna Klumpke, 1898, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Portrait de Rosa Bonheur par Anna Klumpke, 1898, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Her rejection of the societal norms of the time, particularly his tendency to dress in what was considered "masculine" attire, won him the attention of contemporary audiences. Although Rosa Bonheur achieved financial and critical success in her day, she was an exception. Women artists, especially those depicting wildlife, have not been, far from it, recognized throughout history.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Rosa Bonheur's birth and in honor of the Museum's 35th anniversary, the Museum presents an exhibition featuring her works alongside a selection of historical and contemporary pieces by women artists from the permanent collection.

National Museum of Wildlife Art

2820 Rungius Road Jackson, Wyoming 83002

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