Rosa Bonheur

Google honours French artist Rosa Bonheur with a doodle on 200th birthday

Celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Rosa Bonheur, one of the most prominent female painters of the 19th century, Google honoured the French artist with a beautiful doodle on its homepage.

Rosa Bonheur (born Marie-Rosalie Bonheur; 16 March 1822 – 25 May 1899), was a French artist, mostly a painter of animals

Born: March 16, 1822, Bordeaux, France

May 25, 1899, Thomery, France

mostly a painter of animals but also a sculptor, in a realist style.

Rosa Bonheur

Le labourage by Rosa_Bonheur 1844

A French government commission led to Bonheur's first great success, Ploughing in the Nivernais, exhibited in 1849 and now in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

The Horse Fair

most famous work, the monumental The Horse Fair, was completed in 1855 and measured eight feet high by sixteen feet wide

Edouard Louis Dubufe, Portrait of Rosa Bonheur 1857. Symbolic of her work as an Animalière, the bull was painted by Bonheur herself

Portrait of Bonheur by Anna Elizabeth Klumpke

Women were often only reluctantly educated as artists in Bonheur's day