Rosa’s Animals

Rosa’s Animals: The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie
by Maryann Macdonald (Author)

Booktalk: 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 befriended “Buffalo Bill” Cody. She became a painter at a time when women were often only reluctantly educated as artists.

Snippet: When Rosa was only two years old, her father, Raymond, an artist, wrote in a letter: “Rosa is a dear little thing, and I must tell you that she already has a taste for the arts.” She scrawled ducks and chickens in the dirt with a stick. She cut out animal shapes with her scissors.

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