Lost wax bronze replica.
Author: Isidore Bonheur (1827–1901)
Isidore Jules Bonheur, son of the painter Raymond Bonheur and brother of the famous Rosa, was born in Bordeaux. He studied painting at first with his father, but later went to the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He made his debut at the Salon of 1848, and since then exhibited regularly at the Salon and also at other exhibitions, winning the prized Gold Medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1889.
Working in the realist manner, Bonheur was an cute observer of nature; his animals were not humanized but modelled to catch a movement or pose characteristic of the particular species.
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