GOOGLE DOODLE TODAY: Google released a Doodle on Wednesday, March 16 to celebrate the 200th birthday of French painter Rosa Bonheur, whose successful career inspired a future generation of women in the arts. Born on this day in 1822 in Bordeaux, France, Rosa Bonheur was facilitated early in artistic education by her father, a minor landscape painter.
Although Bonheur’s aspirations for a career in art were unconventional for women of the time, she closely followed the development of artistic traditions through years of careful study and preparing sketches before immortalizing them on canvas, according to the bio at the today’s doodle.
Bonheur’s reputation as an animal painter and sculptor grew in the 1840s, with many of her works exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon from 1841 to 1853, it added. “Scientists believe that an 1849 exhibition of ‘Ploughs in Nivernais,’ a government commission now housed at the Musée Nationale du Château de Fontainebleau in France, made her a professional artist.”
In 1853, Bonheur achieved international fame with her painting “The Horse Fair”, depicting the horse market in Paris. As her most famous work, this painting is still on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
To honor this celebrated painting, in 1865 the French Empress awarded Eugénie Bonheur the Legion of Honour, one of the most prestigious awards in the country.
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