Bonheur, Rosa - Weaning the Calves art print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 164 country decor

An archival premium Quality art Print of Weaning the Calves by Rosa Bonheur for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artist finished this oil on canvas in the year 1879 with the size of the original being 26 by 32 inches. Catherine Lorillard Wolfe bequested this painting to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 1887, when it was still a fairly new work of art and it still hangs there to this day. This farming scene is most likely from the high pastures of the Pyrenees Mountains. Bonheur took a trip here in 1850 and she made many drawings and sketches that she used to make paintings through the rest of her career. The farming scene shows the calves being weaned from their mothers, with the calves on this side of the fence and the mothers on the opposite side. You can tell this was a poor country, everything was used for the fence including huge boulders, fallen pine trees and some cut poles from dead trees. Some kind of earthen shelter is in the background with a small rock wall in front of it. The tall Pyrenees are in the background, there are about as many rocks as grass in these high elevation pasture fields. Weaning the calves is always a noisy time on the farm, the calves bawl for a day or two wanting their mothers and the mothers bawl for a day or two wanting their babies back. But then all quietens down and both finally forget about the other and life goes on. Country Decor art print #164

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