About the Work
The Sarjeant Gallery is lucky to have several examples of Bonheur’s work in the collection, including this bronze ewe. Although primarily known as an animal painter, Bonheur’s small statues show the same attention to detail and personality as her large canvases. This bronze, another version of which is held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, shows a ewe calmly grazing. Although quieter than Bonheur’s more dramatic horse paintings, this work is in keeping with the more tranquil nature of the subject. This sculpture forms a pair with the bronze ram also in the Sarjeant collection.
155 x 222 x 90 mm
Sculpture of a sheep (ewe) grazing, atop a bronze and wooden flat base.
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1916.