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Relay Hunting

Artist
Rosa Bonheur, French, 1822–1899
Date
1887
Material
Oil on canvas
Place made
Thomery, Île-de-France, Western Europe, France, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 206
Dimensions
18 x 26 in. (45.7 x 66 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Justina G. Catlin in memory of her husband, Daniel Catlin
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
7:1917
NOTES
Rosa Bonheur was known for her careful study of animals and even maintained stables at her Paris studio. She was a pioneering feminist who enjoyed notoriety by dressing publicly in men’s clothes and smoking cigars. This work represents a relay hunt whereby riders would use fresh groups of horses to relieve their exhausted animals. Bonheur has precisely rendered the anatomy of the horses’ forms as well as the sheen of their coats in brown, white, and gray.
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