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Rosa Bonheur


Lion Cubs

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Medium & Support

oil on canvas


25 in. x 31 1/4 in. (63.5 cm x 79.4 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Harriet Sarah and Mary Sophia Walker

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Public Domain

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The Walker sisters received this painting of two lion cubs from their friend Anna Klumpke, who had inherited artist Rosa Bonheur’s estate after her death in 1899. The Walker sisters had previously visited the renowned animal painter’s studio in France and requested a copy of one of her famous horse studies, but Bonheur died before the order was fulfilled. Klumpke, a portrait artist in Boston, had moved to Paris to study with Bonheur and became her close companion. A friend of Mary Sophia Walker’s since painting her portrait in the 1890s, Klumpke instead sent this painting as well as a pastel portrait she had drawn of Bonheur from life.
Keywords: lion   animal   fauna   figurative   French art   repetition  

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