|Was that a Leash Jingle? 11x4 Watercolor on paper|
Thanks, Nancy. xoxo
If they could talk: early morning chit-chat in the studio
|My friend Nancy Eckels at an art festival, next to some of her beautiful [tall] art.|
|Paper cutter and stacks of watercolor scraps, ready to become paintings.|
"The only thing noble about my parents," once said Rosa Bonheur, "was their character, which is more than many so-called aristocrats can boast." The genealogical table of the Bonheur family shows that for three generations the ancestors of Rosa were cooks - cooks, of course, who practised their calling with the skill and devotion that made it an art, but still no more than cooks. However, the father, Raymond Bonheur, was an artist in painting. Although three of his ancestors were but cooks, twelve of his fourteen lineal descendants were painters, sculptors, composers, and architects. Among these was his daughter Rosa, the most famous of his five children, and the most famous of the women painters of the nineteenth century.
Rosa was born in Bordeaux, France, March 22, 1822. Upon the death of his wife, when Rosa was seven years old, the father moved to Paris, where he hoped to win that success which is the dream of every artist. He never became great, but the little girl who loved to watch her father at his work, and who liked still more to take rambles with him through the woods and country fields, early achieved that fame and prosperity which the father never acquired.
When Rosa decided to become a painter, she spent four years copying the masters in the Louvre before she concluded that her life work would be the painting of animals. She loved nature and had a passion for animated nature. In later years when she lived in the Rue d'Assas she owned and kept near her - one horse, one he-goat, one otter, seven lapwings, two hoopoes, one monkey, one sheep, one donkey, and two dogs.
~Sketches of Great Artists, by Edwin Watts Chubb 1915