Rosa’s Animals

The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie



ISBN: 9781419728501 Categories: ,

Maryann Macdonald


Painter and sculptor Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) led a highly nontraditional life, especially for a woman in the nineteenth century. She kept lions as pets, was awarded the Legion of Honor by Empress Eugu00e9nie, and befriended “Buffalo Bill” Cody. She became a painter at a time when women were often only reluctantly educated as artists. Her unconventional artistic work habits, including visiting slaughterhouses to sketch an animal’s anatomy and wearing men’s clothing to gain access to places like a horse fair, where women were not allowed, helped her become one of the most beloved female painters of her time. Among the artworks discussed are The Horse Fair and Ploughing in the Nivernais. Along with her life story are a list of museums that house her work, a bibliography, and an index.

Additional information

Weight 666 g
Dimensions 25.8 x 26 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 May 2018
Number of pages 64
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.8 x 26 cm
Weight 666 g


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Maryann Macdonald is the author of 25 books for children. She lives in New York City.