- Museum's website, September 25, 2015
Museum's website, September 25, 2015:
Isidore-Jules Bonheur, the 3rd Bonheur child to become an artist, first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1848 with the plaster study, An African Horseman Attacked by a Lion. For decades, he exhibited there and at the Royal Academy of Art in London, as a respected member of the school known as les animaliers. In 1889, Isidore won a Gold Medal at the Exposition Universalle. While the majority of his works were small, he created large works as well, including two monumental bulls for the Palace of the Sultan in Constantinople and two stone lions for the Palais de Justice in Paris. One of his most renowned works was a monumental bull, essentially a much larger version of the statue in the center
of this gallery, created as a monument to his sister Rosa and placed in the Forest of Fontainebleau a short distance from Paris. Unfortunately, it was melted down by the Germans during World War II.