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Rosa’s Animals The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting MenagerieWere 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 ind. Informative biography of Bonheur's painting life with mostly high uality colour images and written in a way that sucks the reader in from start to finish I was frustrated by the glossing over of Bonheur as a ueer woman except for one obliue reference at the tail end I appreciated that Macdonald included an author's note about the research process

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R 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. If the gorgeous art in “Rosa’s Animals” doesn’t entice children to speed through this lovely book the story of Rosa Bonheur’s life is certain to captivate them The uniue French artist kept three lions in her home where they served as models for her realistic paintings As evidenced by the numerous pages of her art in this handsome volume it’s clear she succeeded — and broke ground for artists who followed herRosa Bonheur was a realist born in Paris in 1822 when it wasn’t common for women to be artists Rosa’s talent was apparent early on Her father Raymond an artist stated in a letter “Rosa is a dear little thing and I must tell you that already she has a taste for the arts”Because Rosa was an animal lover she was drawn to recreating them on canvas during a time when realism was the preferred method of painting prior to the Impressionist movement To find work her father moved the family to Paris and Rosa found subjects there to paint “ silvery pigeons proud dogs and prowling cats caught her eye”But it was the horses hauling goods about the city that really attracted her In those years society didn’t take kindly to women riding but Rosa paid this no mind buying a horse and boarding it at her studio stableRosa’s most famous work “The Horse Fair” is displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City Only 5 feet tall tiny Rosa had to work from a ladder to complete the huge painting 5 feet tall by 16 12 feet wide With encouragement from her father Rosa enjoyed early success but she didn’t always earn the art world’s respect Other hardships dogged her —the family was poor her sister died of cholera and her beloved father passed away when Rosa was only in her 20sWhile “Rosa’s Animals” is a book for children adults are certain to appreciate it too It’s an inspiring story about early Paris and an artistanimal lover who wouldn’t settle for a trade as a seamstress but who blazed her own creative path and left the world better with her lasting gifts of beauty

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Rosa’s Animals: The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie review å 103 Û 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 Eugénie and befriPainter 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 Eugénie and befriended “Buffalo Bill” Cody She became a painte. This is a beautiful book with excellent book design gorgeous reproductions of Bonheur's paintings and interesting ephemera Macdonald brings Rosa Bonheur's fascinating life to a young audience interweaving historical cultural and art background but keeping the focus on the artist and her workExcellent back matter including a list of museums where Bonheur's work can be found and an Author's noteI have only one uibble and that is a choice to use the same painting twice once slightly enlarged to show details of the work The work is in context in both places so it is just a personal reaction wanting to see additional works