Jules Bonheur - French bronze artist

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Isidore Jules Bonheur (1827 - 1901) was born on May 15th 1827 in Bordeaux, France. He was an important sculptor of animals the brother of Rosa Bonheur and brother-in-law to Hippolyte Peyrol the founder. He came from a family of artists. Bonheurs most famous work is a study of a horse and jocky.

Isidore Bonheur's bronzes range from domestic cattle and sheep, which he excelled at, to wild bears and lions as well as equestrian and hunting groups, all done in a very natural and realistic manner.  Many of his bronzes were done as compliments to his sisters' works. These sheep and cattle models by brother and sister were done as pairs. Though somewhat overshadowed by his flamboyant and outspoken elder sister Rosa, Isidore Bonheur was nevertheless was a highly accomplished sculptor and his works rank among the finest of the French Animalier school

Martin Worster
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