The Horse Fair

Rosa Bonheur, 1852 – 1855
The Horse Fair, Rosa Bonheur
The Horse Fair, zoomed in
244.5 cmThe Horse Fair scale comparison506.7 cm

The Horse Fair is a Realist Oil on Canvas Painting created by Rosa Bonheur from 1852 to 1855. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Horses. SourceDownloadSee The Horse Fair in the Kaleidoscope

For a year and half Rosa Bonheur dressed in men’s clothes and wandered the Parisian horse market at the Boulevard de l’Hôpital. Her sketches informed The Horse Fair, a painting of such grand scale that Bonheur called it her “Parthenon frieze.” The Horse Fair was first shown in the Paris Salon in 1583, but Rosa reworked the painting for the next two years. 32 years later the painting was purchased at auction by Cornelius Vanderbilt II for $53,000, something like $1.6 today, and donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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