Étude d’un chien (1860s)

Bonheur, Rosa (1822-1899)

Étude d’un chien (Study of a Dog)
possibly 1860s
Oil on canvas, 33.3 x 28.2 cm
Princeton University Art MuseumPrinceton

Bonheur was renowned for her animal paintings. She may have seen the long-eared terrier that is the subject of this oil study in the Fontainebleau forest, near her home in Thomery, or it may have been one of the many pets she kept throughout her life. Bonheur’s work is characterized by direct observation and careful draftsmanship. Traditional in her approach, she produced numerous preparatory sketches, like this one, before creating a painting. In 1865, Bonheur became the first woman awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, a coveted honor established by Napoleon. (PUAM)