Sculptor - Rosa Bonheur
Title - Mouton Broutant
Sand Cast Bronze
5 7/8" height by 8 1/2" length
(15 cm by 21.5 cm)
Rosa Bonheur sculpted only 7 bronze subjects that were exhibited in her lifetime. She ceased sculpture in mid 1850's because she did not want to compete against her beloved brother Isidore at the Paris Salons. The Mouton Broutant or Shorn Grazing Ewe is the first sculpture that Rosa Bonheur exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1842.
The Grazing Ewe is a wonderful model showing a peaceful Sheep as she eats grass in the pasture. The texture of her wool is so realistic that one expects it to feel soft, which shows the talent of Rosa Bonheur as a sculptor as this model rivals any of her brother's subjects. The patina is a rich deep brown which compliments this bronze very well.
This bronze is a fine early cast by Peyrol and does not have their foundry stamp. This is not unusual, the early casts were not always stamped byt the foundry. It is constructed in the manner that was used by Hippolyte Peyrol very early in their foundry operation.
Another bronze of this subject is on permanent display at the Museum of Bordeaux, France.
Mouton Broutant is illustrated in the following books:
Les Animaliers by Jane Horswell, pg. 177.
The Animaliers by James MacKay, pg. 49.
Animals in Bronze by Christopher Payne, pg. 372.