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Isidore Jules Bonheur was born on 15th May 1827 the son of the painter Raymond Bonheur and younger brother to the artist Rosa Bonheur. He was tutored by his father and started exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1848. A year later at the age of 22, he enrolled at the Beaux-Arts School initially starting out as a painter. However, he found better success when he started producing sculptures of animals and exhibited some of these at the Royal Academy, later winning a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1889. He achieved great success and popularity during his lifetime with his range of animal sculptures from horses, bulls and sheep to bears and lions. His success was not limited to France and he gained many commissions including equestrian sculptures and hunting groups from the British aristocracy as well as a commission for a monumental pair of bulls for Sultan of Constantinople. Many of Bonheur's small animal sculptures were cast by his brother-in-law, Hippolyte Peyrol, one of the premier founders of the time. Two of his monumental sculptures can still be seen in France, one is a tribute to his sister Rosa, stands at Fontainebleau, France and the other, two stone lions at the steps of the Palais de Justice in Paris.
Reference: Bronzes of the 19th Century, by Pierre Kjellberg, p106.
|Height||8.00 inch||(20.32 cm)|
|Width||18.50 inch||(46.99 cm)|
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