queerasfact: All these paintings are by French artist Rosa…


Head of a Donkey, 1881


Portrait of a Lion, 1879


Ploughing in the Nivernais, 1849


A Limier Briquet Hound, c.1856


The Monarch of the Herd, 1868

queerasfact:

All these paintings are by French artist Rosa Bonheur, who has been called the most famous female painter of the 19th-century.

Many of Rosa’s paintings – including the lion and the stag – were modelled off animals that she herself owned. At one time in her life a biography listed one horse, one
he-goat, one otter, seven lapwings, two hoopoes, one monkey, one sheep, one donkey and two dogs. Luckily for Rosa, her partner Nathalie Micas took an interest in vet medicine, and happily cared for her many animals.

Check out our podcast to learn more about Rosa, Nathalie, and their menagerie.