Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)

Exhibition
from 18/05/2022 to 15/01/2023
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To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) in Bordeaux, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in her native city and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, are organising a major retrospective of her work. The Château Musée Rosa Bonheur in Thomery (Seine-et-Marne, Paris region), where the artist lived for almost half a century, is a guest partner in the exhibition. This anniversary has been included in the 2022 calendar of France Mémoire.

One of the most successful artists of the 19th century, she was awarded the Chevallier de la Légion d’Honneur by Empress Eugenie, in 1865, with these words: “Finally, you are a knight. I am very happy to be the godmother of the first woman artist to receive this high distinction. I wanted the last act of my regency to be devoted to showing that, in my eyes, genius has no sex.”

Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)

This major national and international event honours an extraordinary, innovative and inspiring artist. A true icon of women’s liberation, Rosa Bonheur placed the living world at the heart of her work and her existence. She was committed to the recognition of animals in their uniqueness. With her great technical mastery, she was able to render both the anatomy and the psychology of animals. This exhibition allows the public to (re)discover the power and richness of her art, as well as her life as a free woman, which has become mythical, and her work, which is formidably popular in the United States and England.

Dates:

18 May-18 September 2022: Galerie des Beaux-Arts and North Wing of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux > website (in English)

17 October 2022-15 January 2023: Musée d’Orsay, Paris > website (in English)

See also the exhibition Rosa Bonheur: The Museum of missing works and the visit of the Atelier Rosa Bonheur.

 

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