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  • Bronze Sculpture "Boeuf Couche" by Rosa Bonheur
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"Boeuf Couche", bronze sculpture | Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822-99)

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Signed in naturalist base "Rosa B., stamped verso PEYROL
Item # 805PYX23Z

The original model for "Boeuf Couché" by Rosa Bonheur was sculpted in 1846 as a study for her first major painting “Le Boeufs du Cantal” and was also executed in charcoal on paper the same year.  Her brother-in-law Hippolyte Peyrol cast it for Rosa in his foundry and an identical example of this work of the exact same dimensions is held in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  It is an exceedingly rare model and exquisite both in modeling and in casting, the chiseled and tooled surface perfectly capturing the recumbant bull with a degree of anatomical accuracy that is noteworthy.


  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc no. 39.65.62 a/b, Peyrol stamped, 14.6 cm x 28.9 cm
  • "Rosa Bonheur: Sa Vie, Son Oeuvre", Léon Rodger-Milés, Lyon, 1901: showing both the sculpture executed by Peyrol and original charcoal drawing of the same
  • "Bronzes of the 19th Century", Pierre Kjellberg, p. 106-7
  • "Art Bronzes", Michael Forrest, p. 471

Measurements:  11 3/8 W x 7 1/8 D x 5 3/4 H (28.9 cm x 18 cm x 14.6 cm)

Condition Report:
Original patina in excellent condition.