Cattle at Rest
The younger brother of Rosa Bonheur, Auguste, like his sister, received his early training from his father and debuted at the Paris Salon in 1845 with Enfants aux Champs (Children in the Field). While his early work was of genre scenes and portraits, his sisters success as an animalier persuaded him to do similar paintings; he often copied her style and even her subject matter, as can be seen in the similarities between Cattle at Rest and Rosas Boeufs et Taureaux de la Race du Cantal only the landscape has really changed. But that in itself indicates the one significant difference. He was far more traveled than Rosa and more interested in Barbizon-style paintings where the landscape took precedence over both animals and men. Nonetheless, he, too, relied upon the juste milieu, the middle ground blending of Academic and Barbizon styles, for his popularity. Contemporary French critic Theophile Gaultier declared in 1861: ''His animals have the soft and satin-like skin of well-to-do animals; his foliage, the bright freshness of plants washed by the rain and dried by the sun.''