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Rosa Bonheur

The Horse Fair

The Horse Fair, Rosa Bonheur
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The Horse Fair is a Realist Oil on Canvas Painting created by Rosa Bonheur from 1852 to 1855. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Horses. SourceDownload

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For a year and half Rosa Bonheur dressed in mens clothes and wandered the Parisian horse market at the Boulevard de l’Hôpital. Her sketches informed The Horse Fair — a painting of such grand scale that Bonheur called it her “Parthenon frieze.”

The Horse Fair was first shown in the Paris Salon in 1583, but Rosa reworked the painting for the next two years. 32 years later the painting would be aired by Cornelius Vanderbilt, who donated it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reed Enger, "The Horse Fair," in Obelisk Art History, Published March 26, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/rosa-bonheur/the-horse-fair/.

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