All The Brilliants

Rosa Bonheur Wallace Chan

A Power Woman narrative celebrating Rosa Bonheur and her famous painting The Horse Fair, a jewel of her time called Pendant with a Triton riding a unicorn-like creature, and Wallace Chan's Pursuer Horse Brooch.

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ROSA BONHEUR - PAINTER AND 19th CENTURY "NEW WOMAN"

Introducing #PowerWoman, Rosa Bonheur, who painted her way past social conventions and into history as a "New Woman" of the 19th century! In her day, women were often reluctantly educated as artists. As a successful artist, she helped to open doors to women artists that followed her. She referred to her most famous painting The Horse Fair, exhibited at the 1853 Paris Salon, as her own "Parthenon frieze". Bonheur sketched at the actual horse fair, twice a week for a year and a half - dressed as a man to discourage attention. Given her work with animals, her choice of garments was obviously practical - trousers and painters' smocks. The artist is known to have declared: "I am a painter. I have earned my living honestly. My private life is nobody's concern."

See her epic painting below and at the @MetMuseum!

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TRITON AND UNICORN PENDANT

It goes without saying that Pendant with a Triton riding a unicorn-like creature may not have complimented Bonheur's preference for full trousers and painters' smocks. However, this jewel represents the eclectic decorative arts of her era, romantically inspired by past styles - Gothic, Renaissance, Greek, Etruscan and Roman, Rococo, Naturalistic, Moorish, and Indian.

Designed by Reinhold Vasters 1870 - 1895, @MetMuseum .

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WALLACE CHAN - PURSUER HORSE BROOCH

In an ode to the epic power of Rosa Bonheur's horses from The Horse Fair, this exceptional jewel by living legend Wallace Chan exemplifies the expression of beauty, strength and speed of these noble creatures. Via @wallacechanart, The Pursuer Horse Brooch is inspired by the traditional Chinese ink-splash painting technique - and wildly powerful #PowerJewel.

The Horse Fair by Rosa Bonheur, 1852 – 1855. Oil on canvas, 96 1/4 x 199 1/2 in. (244.5 x 506.7 cm)