Rosa Bonheur's 1853 canvas The Horse Fair is a depiction of a horse market in Paris, and a smaller reproduction of a larger work exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1851. An 'anamalier', a genre of figurative painter which specialized in painting animals, Bonheur was a woman a full century ahead of her time. Making a lucrative career in the wholly patriarchal sphere of classical painting, Bonheur worked at a time when she was required to present a government license to wear trousers whilst in the fields sketching her animal menagerie. Independent, charismatic, and profoundly idiosyncratic, Bonheur was taught the art of painting by her father, choosing to study and paint animals exclusively from 1837. With great support and encouragement from her father and her siblings, Bonheur began to immerse herself in the peripheral elements required to be a master animalier; studying agricultural subjects , animal anatomy, and visiting slaughterhouses. Having first been exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1841, her father, two of her brothers and Bonheur herself all managed to feature in the Salon of 1848, with Bonheur winning the gold medal.
Her most enduring image, The Horse Fair, helped the affluent Bonheur to buy a farm where she kept an ever-expanding menagarie of animals. In the 1870s this trailblazing figure even began keeping lions on her estate, studying them closely to portray more accurate figurative reproductions of the beasts. The first woman artist ever to be awarded the Legion d’Honneur, Bonheur became the most prominent female artist in the Western world, influenced a generation of aspiring artists.
Although completed and signed by Bonheur, The Horse Fair was begun by her life-partner Nathalie Micas. Together for 50 years, the pair met in 1836, later settling together on the Bordeaux estate. This magnificent and trailblazing pair are buried together in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
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