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    Head of a Bull

    • Artist: Rosa Bonheur, French, 1822-1899
    • Medium: Watercolor and graphite on cream wove paper
    • Place Made: France
    • Dates: n.d.
    • Dimensions: 4 15/16 x 6 7/8 in. (12.5 x 17.5 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Signed lower left: "Rosa Bonheur"
    • Collections:European Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 22.80
    • Credit Line: Gift of John Hill Morgan
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822-1899). Head of a Bull, n.d. Watercolor and graphite on cream wove paper, 4 15/16 x 6 7/8 in. (12.5 x 17.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John Hill Morgan, 22.80
    • Image: overall, 22.80.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Good (76%)
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    Recent Comments
    01:55 05/24/2011
    I think, Sirs, and most inimitable Ladies
    I think I prefer to look at a bull
    The sketch of a bull, the head of a bull perhaps
    even if but a study by an artist
    rather than some fancy prophet in glorious paint
    or in grand chapel or some miracle recounted
    in paint and colors and with consummate skill
    or even God descending – ah, all these do not take my fancy
    they smack too much of the Elevated;
    there’s too much
    of the grandstanding in these
    Grand Divine Themes -
    but the face of a bull, ah give me a sketch
    of the face of a bull
    just the bull, all marks of nature in it
    and just itself
    no symbolism, no conceit, no artifice
    no High sounding theology, no revelation
    but just animal nature in its nudity
    being a bull
    just animal, its eyes and mouth and horns
    just all coming together to form one creature…
    a portrait of a bull anytime for me -
    Sirs and most inimitable Ladies -
    none of the holy ones and the great prophets
    and the Mighty and the Divine
    and the Grand-Looking:
    no bull for me, please
    just the plain head of a bull, as it is…

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