Rosa Bonheur / The Horse Fair / 1853-55Rosa Bonheur
The Horse Fair

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Creator Name: Bonheur, Marie Rosa
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: French, 1822-1899
Creator Name-CRT: Rosa Bonheur
Title: The Horse Fair
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1853
Creation End Date: 1855
Creation Date: 1853-55
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 96 1/4 x 199 1/2 in. (244.5 x 506.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 87.25
Credit Line: Gift of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1887

This picture shows the horse market held in Paris on the tree-lined boulevard de l'Hôpital, near the asylum of Salpêtrière, visible in the left background. For a year and a half Bonheur went there twice a week to make sketches. She dressed as a man to avoid attention. This work was shown in the Salon of 1853 and in 1854 in Bonheur's native Bordeaux, where the municipality refused to buy it for 12,000 francs. It was apparently retouched in 1855, the year it was sold to a London dealer for 40,000 francs.

AMICA ID: MMA_.87.25
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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