This is something of an iconic painting of paintings.
|Who painted this? #12|
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|Ploughing in Nevers (1849) by Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)|
Collection: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
- Title of the artwork: Labourage nivernais, also called Le Sombrage [Ploughing in Nevers aka The First Dressing]
- Name of the artist who created this artwork: Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)
- Date it was created: 1849
- Media used: Oil on canvas / H. 1.34; W. 2.6 m
- Where it lives now: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
It is primarily an animal painting, and the heroes are the oxen themselves, leaving little room for the men: the cowherd is a diminutive figure. It is a hymn to agricultural labour, whose grandeur was magnified because, in these post-revolutionary days, it was easy to contrast with the corruption of the city. It is also tribute to provincial regions – here the Nivernais, with its agricultural traditions and rural landscapes.This is one the most enormous paintings of animals that I've ever seen. Check out those dimensions - they're in metres! Translating them for those still working in feet and inches it's 4ft 5in x 8ft 6in. It is also stunningly real, the earth is amazing and the animals are massive and beautiful at the same time - as befits any animal lucky enough to have been painted by Rosa Bonheur.
I'm an inveterate photographer of paintings close up if allowed to do so - which was possible in 2009 when I photographed this painting.
|Clods of Nevers earth in Ploughing in Nevers (1849) by Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)Collection: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France|
|Look at the animation in the faces of the oxen!|
Ploughing in Nevers (1849) by Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)Collection: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
Despite its enormous size it has also moved to various exhibitions. It was exhibited at the Salon in 1849 and since then has been seen in exhibitions in London, Munich, Madrid, Toulouse, Beijing, Shanghei and Tapei.
If you visit the Musée d'Orsay, when I last saw it, it was located on the ground floor on the Seine side of the Museum and quite near to Courbet's massive painting L'Atelier du peintre.
Women dominated the correct answers!
The winner is Alyson Champ (The Chronicle of Wasted Time) who is a collage artist (who does amazing collage art - check out her blog!), small-scale farmer and a classical musician who lives in the Chateauguay Valley, southwest of Montreal, Quebec. It's very apposite that an artist who focuses on animals - and is noted for her treatment of equine subjects and is Associate Member of the prestigious American Academy of Equine Art - should get the answer first
Sorry if there are two of my answers. Something seemed to go wrong the first time.Others who got the answer correct, in order, are:
Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)"Ploughing in Nevers" 1849 1,34X2,6 m huile sur toileMusée D'OrsayFound easily because I knew it was a Bonheur but did not know the title. Googled Rosa Bonheur+cows and found it on Musée D'Orsay site easily.