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Google paid tribute to French painter Rosa Bonheur, who inspired a future generation of female artists around the world, on her 200th birthday.

In the artistic doodle, Bonheur – wearing a blue coat – could be seen sitting in the open to paint the three sheep walking away from their flock. The clouds in the background spell GOOGLE.

The search engine giant also shared early drafts of the doodle on the website.


First sketches of the Doodle

Born in Bordeaux, France, Bonheur’s father, himself a minor landscape painter, was responsible for introducing him to the world of art. He also gave his daughter an early art education.

Bonheur, who was primarily a wildlife painter, had unconventional career aspirations in the arts compared to other women of the time. “Bonheur closely followed the development of artistic traditions through years of careful study and preparation of sketches before immortalizing them on canvas,” the Google website said.

Bonheur became known as an animal painter and sculptor in the realistic style in the 1840s. Most of his works were exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon from 1841 to 1853.

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Google Doodle on Rosa Bonheur

Scholars believe that an 1849 exhibition on “Labour en Nivernais” established her as a professional artist. “Labourer en Nivernais” was commissioned by the government which is now placed in the Musée Nationale du Château de Fontainebleau (Musée National du Château de Fontainebleau) in France.

In 1853, Bonheur caught the world’s attention with his painting “The Horse Fair”. The internationally acclaimed artwork depicted the horse market held in Paris.

Bonheur’s best-known work is now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Impressed by his painting, French Empress Eugénie awarded Bonheur the Legion of Honor, one of the country’s most prestigious awards, in 1865.

The deceased Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee and filmmaker Satyajit Ray also received the same French civil award for their contribution to cinema.