Rosa's Animals (Hardcover)
The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419728501, 64pp.
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
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 Eugenie, and befriended "Buffalo Bill" Cody. She became a painter at a time when women were often only reluctantly educated as artists. Her unconventional artistic work habits, including visiting slaughterhouses to sketch an animal's anatomy and wearing men's clothing to gain access to places like a horse fair, where women were not allowed, helped her become one of the most beloved female painters of her time. Among the artworks discussed are The Horse Fair and Ploughing in the Nivernais. Along with her life story are a list of museums that house her work, a bibliography, and an index.
About the Author
Maryann Macdonald is the author of 25 books for children. She lives in New York City.