from January 10 to January 11 2023 ↦ 10h - 18h
The cow, the horse and the lioness. Being an artist, a woman, and living with animals in the 19th century
Symposium on Rosa Bonheur
Rosa Bonheur rose to the rank of the greatest animal artist of her time. She built her life and her work around animals, which she surrounded herself with until she owned a large menagerie. His numerous travels have enabled him to study it in depth. We also know his positions on the defense of the forest of Fontainebleau.
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This observation will serve as a starting point for a reflection, carried out on the occasion of this colloquium, on the behavior of artists towards animals in the 19th century, whether domestic, farmed or wild. From the law prohibiting the mistreatment of cattle, passed by the British Parliament in 1822 (Martin's Act), on the eve of the First World War, will be studied the questions of the relationship of artists to animals, their companionship, care (care) , the animal model, the status of animals in zoos and circuses, their exploitation or representation through taxidermy and dioramas, in Europe and its colonies, as well as in the United States. All types of art will be covered: graphic arts, and in particular illustration, photography, painting, decorative arts and sculpture. In partnership with the Musée d'Orsay and AWARE (Archives for Women Artists, Research and Exhibition).