Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) Labourage nivernais, dit aussi Le sombrage 1849, Paris, musée d’Orsay, Photo ©Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)

Oct 18, 2022 - Jan 15, 2023

On the occasion of the bicentennial of Rosa Bonheur’s birth, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux and the Musée d’Orsay are organizing a major retrospective of her work.

The exhibition honors an extraordinary, innovative and inspiring artist, Rosa Bonheur. Known as an icon of women’s emancipation, she placed the living world at the heart of her work and her existence. She was committed to the recognition of animals in their singularity and sought through her work to express their vitality and their “soul.” Through Bonheur’s great technical mastery, she was able to render both animal anatomy and psychology.

This exhibition allows the public to (re)discover the power and richness of her work, by gathering and choosing from the artist’s immense body of work a demanding selection of approximately 200 works (paintings, graphic arts, sculptures, and photographs) from the most prestigious public and private collections in Europe and the United States.


Sophie Barthélémy, Director of the Musée des Beaux-arts de Bordeaux
Sandra Buratti-Hasan, Curator, Deputy Director of the Musée des Beaux-arts de Bordeaux
Leïla Jarbouai, Chief Curator at the Musée d’Orsay
With the collaboration of Katherine Brault, President of the Château Musée Rosa Bonheur, assisted by Michel Pons.

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