Sculptor - Isidore Jules Bonheur
Title - Taureau Beuglant
Sand Cast Bronze
15 1/8" height by 23 1/4" length
(38.5 cm by 59 cm)
This large finely detailed and finished bronze of the Bellowing Bull is the pendant to the Charging Bull. Isidore Bonheur is best known for his domestic cattle and bulls and this pair of large powerful Bulls are some of his best and most famous works.
The Bellowing Bull is finished in a beautiful rich deep brown patina and has sharp cast details showing the muscles and hide. It is rare to find a matching pair of bronzes and these large impressive Bulls would be the focal point of any room.
These Bulls were first exhibited by Isidore Bonheur at the 1865 Paris Salon. They were very well accepted at this showing and Sultan Abdul-Aziz commissioned Bonheur to do them in a monumental size for his Palace in Constantinople. Another pair of Bulls were purchased by Samuel Pomeroy Colt for the entrance to his Bristol estate in Rhode Island which is now Colt State Park.
These famous bronze sculptures are illustrated in the following books:
Animals in Bronze by Christopher Payne pg. 175
Les Animaliers by Jane Horswell pg. 204
These bulls are represented in the collections of most major museums of the world