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Art Is a Tyrant: The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur (Hardcover)

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Rosa's struggle & persistent endeavor to become one of the most successful & outspoken woman artist in the 19th century  makes for one of the most intriguing biographies I’ve ever read. 
This biography made me as the French say: 
buveur d’encre, a drinker of ink

— From Shannon's Picks

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' A] diligently researched, beautifully produced and insistently sympathetic biography.' Kathryn Hughes, Guardian A new biography of the wildly unconventional 19th-century animal painter and gender equality pioneer Rosa Bonheur, from the author of the acclaimed Mistress of Paris and Renoir's Dancer. Rosa Bonheur was the very antithesis of the feminine ideal of 19th-century society. She was educated, she shunned traditional 'womanly' pursuits, she rejected marriage - and she wore trousers. But the society whose rules she spurned accepted her as one of their own, because of her genius for painting animals. She shared an intimate relationship with the eccentric, self-styled inventor Nathalie Micas, who nurtured the artist like a wife. Together Rosa, Nathalie and Nathalie's mother bought a chateau and with Rosa's menagerie of animals the trio became one of the most extraordinary households of the day. Catherine Hewitt's compelling new biography is an inspiring evocation of a life lived against the rules.

About the Author


Catherine Hewitt studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her previous books with Icon are The Mistress of Paris (2015), 'an enthralling story, told with both conviction and sympathy' (Observer), and Renoir's Dancer(2017), described as 'fascinating' by France magazine.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781785786211
ISBN-10: 1785786210
Publisher: Icon Books
Publication Date: February 9th, 2021
Pages: 496
Language: English