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As the protegee of Corot and a sort of honorary Barbizon, Bonheur was always interested in the countryside, but her own preference was to populate it with the domestic animals that became her stock in trade. Cantal, the largest volcanic feature in Europe, is located in Frances Massif Central, a huge uplifted area that began forming approximately 350 million years ago during the creation of Pangea. Cantal has been quiet for 3 million years, but its geologic adventures have left it one of the most picturesque spots in France and a favorite with many French painters. Rosa Bonheur chose this magnificent backdrop for a painting of one of...
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Weight - 1 pound, 1 ounce
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Weight 6 pounds, 7 ounces Inscribed "Peyrol" (R. Bonheur's Brother in law)
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Weight - 4 pounds, 3 ounces
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Though she herself grew up in an apartment in the heart of Paris, Rosa Bonheur became one of the leading chroniclers of the labor of the rural worker, while avoiding the appearance of supporting dangerous political sympathies for the peasant class. At the Exposition Universelle of 1855, she won a gold medal for La Fenaison en Auvergne, or Haymaking in the Auvergne; critic Anatole de LaForge wrote that her entire oeuvre could be called Hymn to Work. Some of her reverence for the working class doubtless stemmed from her fathers involvement with the socialist movement, though Rosa herself remained politically...
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Though inspired by the Barbizon painters and a particular pet of Corot's, the young Rosa Bonheur hedged her bets by blending an Academic finish with the working class/domestic animal focus of the Barbizons to create a popular middle-of-the-road style known as the juste milieu. While more politically-oriented artists like Jean-Francois Millet came under fire for the supposedly socialist sentiments expressed in their paintings of the working class, juste milieu artists were able to escape the opprobrium of conservative critics. Though personally radical, Rosa remained professionally centrist and, as a result, at a time when Realist artists like Courbet were under...
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Following the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the population in France and other European nations increasingly moved into cities where burgeoning factories and markets provided more employment for the lower class and investment opportunities for the middle class. The first apartment buildings went up all over Paris and the streets were crowded with horse trolleys and foot traffic. New generations were growing up who'd never been outside the city or seen a cow before it was steak. As a result, there was a growing nostalgia for the countryside and pastoral life, including the work of rural laborers and domestic animals. Painters like Rosa Bonheur and her brothers fed...
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