Celebrates Rosa Bonheur's 200th Birthday
Today’s Doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of
French painter Rosa Bonheur
, whose successful career inspired a future generation of women in the arts.
Rosa Bonheur was born on this day in 1822 in
. Her early artistic education was facilitated by her father, a minor landscape painter
Bonheur closely followed the
development of artistic traditions
through years of careful study and preparing sketches before immortalizing them on canvas.
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Bonheur's reputation as an
animal painter and sculptor
grew into the 1840s, with many of her works exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon from 1841 to 1853
A government commission that is now housed in France’s
Musée Nationale du Château de Fontainebleau
, established her as a professional artist
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In 1853, Bonheur garnered international acclaim with her painting
“The Horse Fair,”
. This painting remains on exhibit in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
To honor this celebrated painting, the French Empress Eugénie awarded
Bonheur the Legion of Honor
—one of the nation’s most prestigious awards, in 1865.