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Google Doodle celebrates French artist Rosa Bonheur’s 200th birth anniversary

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lucknow: Google came out with a doodle to celebrate the 200th birthday of French artist Rosa Bonheur on Wednesday, March 16, after Rosa’s successful career inspired future generations of women in the arts. The graphic features an animated sculpture of Rosa Bonheur depicting a flock of sheep on canvas.

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Bonheur grew gradually with her father’s encouragement and guidance. A landscape and portrait painter, Bonheur became one of the most important female painters of the 19th century. Her stunningly realistic paintings of horses, lions and other animals garnered her internal acclaim during her lifetime.

Rosa Bonheur, original name Marie-Rosalie Bonheur was born on March 16, 1822 in Bordeaux, France. Her early artistic education was facilitated by her father, a minor landscape painter. Although Bonhur’s aspirations for a career in art were unconventional for women of the time, she closely followed the development of artistic traditions by spending years of careful study and drawing sketches before immortalizing them on canvas, bio with today’s Doodle he said.

Bonheur’s reputation as an animal painter and sculptor grew into the 1840s, with many of her works exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon from 1841 to 1853. She achieved early success in 1849 with her art ‘Ploughing in the Nivernais.’ Her most famous work of art is ‘The Horse Fair.’ Bonheur was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor. This was the first time the award was bestowed on a female artist.

In 1853, Bonheur garnered international acclaim with her painting “The Horse Fair,” which depicted the horse market held in Paris. As her most well-known work, this painting remains on exhibit in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To honor this celebrated painting, the French Empress Eugénie awarded Bonheur the Legion of Honor—one of the nation’s most prestigious awards, in 1865.

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