Today's Hours
Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Today's Hours
Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Boeufs et Taureaux de la Race du Cantal
Boeufs et Taureaux de la Race du Cantal
As the protegee of Corot and a sort of honorary Barbizon, Bonheur was always
interested in the countryside, but her own preference was to populate it with
the domestic animals that became her stock in trade. Cantal, the largest
volcanic feature in Europe, is located in Frances Massif Central, a huge
uplifted area that began forming approximately 350 million years ago during the
creation of Pangea. Cantal has been quiet for 3 million years, but its geologic
adventures have left it one of the most picturesque spots in France and a
favorite with many French painters. Rosa Bonheur chose this magnificent backdrop
for a painting of one of her, and the French publics, favorite subjects, cows.
Their bucolic nature, as well as the unspoiled countryside surrounding Cantal,
made this a comforting, albeit to city-dwellers somewhat exotic, image. The
ability of Rosas works to soothe rather than agitate made her a particular
favorite despite her gender, and in 1865, while serving as regent, Empress
Eugenie made her the first female artist to receive the Legion d'Honneur.