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Rosa Bonheur

  • Art is a tyrant. It demands heart, brain, soul, body. The entireness of the votary. Nothing less will win its highest favor. I wed art. It is my husband, my world, my life dream, the air I breathe. I know nothing else, feel nothing else, think nothing else.

    • Rosa Bonheur,
    • in Dore Ashton, Rosa Bonheur: A Life and a Legend ()
  • I became an animal painter because I loved to move among animals. I would study an animal and draw it in the position it took, and when it changed to another position I would draw that.

    • Rosa Bonheur,
    • in Dore Ashton, Rosa Bonheur: A Life and a Legend ()
  • Ah! If nations could only agree to employ their resources to perfect agriculture and improve transportation, and to bring all their girl children a good education, what an explosion of happiness there would be on earth!

    • Rosa Bonheur,
    • in Dore Ashton, Rosa Bonheur: A Life and a Legend ()
  • ... if we don't always understand animals, they always understand us.

    • Rosa Bonheur,
    • in Dore Ashton, Rosa Bonheur: A Life and a Legend ()
  • The point of departure must always be a vision of the truth. The eye is the route of the soul, and the pencil or brush must sincerely and naïvely reproduce what it sees.

    • Rosa Bonheur,
    • in Dore Ashton, Rosa Bonheur: A Life and a Legend ()
  • My dream is to show the fire which comes out of the horses' nostrils; the dust which rises from their hooves. I want this to be an infernal waltz.

    • Rosa Bonheur,
    • in Dore Ashton, Rosa Bonheur: A Life and a Legend ()

Rosa Bonheur, French painter, sculptor

(1822 - 1899)

Full name: Marie-Rosalie Bonheur.