Rosa Bonheur, the Artist Who Wore Pants, Episode 396

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Categories: Arts & Architecture, French Culture

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On today's episode of the podcast Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin talk about Rosa Bonheur on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of her birth in Bordeaux.

Rosa Bonheur was one of the most successful painters of her generation and was the most important and successful woman artist of the 19th century. Known for her paintings of animals and for her eccentric and somewhat exotic lifestyle, she was a consummate artist who lived a singular life.

When people who know about art and painting hear her name, what immediately comes to mind is that she painted animals. They were the passion of her life. But her work is so much more than ‘just” painting animals, and the why and how of her becoming an artist are part of an incredible story.

Thomery is the chateau where Rosa spent a lot of her time. You can visit it, you can even spend the night in Rosa's room!

Book Recommendation: Art is a Tyrant, the Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur by Catherine Hewitt

YouTube video about Rosa Bonheur and the painting above

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Categories: Arts & Architecture, French Culture