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Though she herself grew up in an apartment in the heart of Paris, Rosa Bonheur became one of the leading chroniclers of the labor of the rural worker, while avoiding the appearance of supporting dangerous political sympathies for the peasant class. At the Exposition Universelle of 1855, she won a gold medal for La Fenaison en Auvergne, or Haymaking in the Auvergne; critic Anatole de LaForge wrote that her entire oeuvre could be called Hymn to Work. Some of her reverence for the working class doubtless stemmed from her fathers involvement with the socialist movement, though Rosa herself remained politically...
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Though inspired by the Barbizon painters and a particular pet of Corot's, the young Rosa Bonheur hedged her bets by blending an Academic finish with the working class/domestic animal focus of the Barbizons to create a popular middle-of-the-road style known as the juste milieu. While more politically-oriented artists like Jean-Francois Millet came under fire for the supposedly socialist sentiments expressed in their paintings of the working class, juste milieu artists were able to escape the opprobrium of conservative critics. Though personally radical, Rosa remained professionally centrist and, as a result, at a time when Realist artists like Courbet were under...
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