About the Work
The Sarjeant Gallery is lucky to have several examples of Rosa Bonheur’s work in the Collection, including this Bronze Sheep. 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.
H94 x W222mm
Sculpture of a sheep with horns lying down, atop a flat base.
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui. Purchased, 1916.
16 Feb 2003