After Isidore-Jules Bonheur (French 1827-1901): A bronze group of The Steeplechase

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Lot 85
After Isidore-Jules Bonheur (French 1827-1901): A bronze group of The Steeplechase

Sold for £ 4,560 (US$ 6,349) inc. premium
After Isidore-Jules Bonheur (French 1827-1901): A bronze group of The Steeplechase
on rectangular naturalistic base, signed BONHEUR, dark brown patination, 60cm high

Footnotes

  • Isidore-Jules Bonheur (French, 1827-1901) began his career working with his elder sister Rosa (d. 1899) in the studio of their father, drawing instructor Raymond Bonheur. Although best-known as one of the 19th century's most distinguished animalier sculptors, Bonheur initially worked as a painter. He made his Salon debut in 1848 and entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and from then onwards concentrated solely on sculpture.

    This fine and important double steeplechaser model has been described as one of the finest and largest groups in the animalier field by Christopher Payne in his seminal reference book Animals in Bronze. The horses sweat and strain, thundering over the fence at a thrilling pace. This substantial group was one of Bonheur's most ambitious compositions, and he meets the challenge victoriously. His characteristic acute observation of nature is infused with vigorous movement as he precisely captures the exhilaration of the steeplechase.

    Related Literature:
    Stanton, pp. 50-7 & 211; Rosa Bonheur, pp. 21-35; Payne, p. 345
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