A Storm of Horses: The Story of Artist Rosa Bonheur

Crocodile. Feb. 2022. 40p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781623718480.
Gr 3-8–Sanderson tells the anachronistic story of the life and work of French artist, Rosa Bonheur. Bonheur was born to parents Sophie and Raymond in 1822. Her father, an artist, delighted in her vibrant personality and artistic abilities. Facing the gender inequalities of her time, Bonheur was often taunted by men and boys who felt ladies had no place among the animals and wildlife she so loved. She overcame this to become one of the greatest realistic painters of her time. Sanderson’s oil painting illustrations bring Bonheur and her experiences to life. The level of detail on each page allows readers to immerse themselves into the world of the French painter. The concise and informative writing style will please any biography lover. Sanderson addresses Bonheur’s sexuality swiftly in the back matter.
VERDICT An engrossing and stunning biography of a feminist and LGBTQIA+ icon who deserves more accolades and adoration than evident to present day; especially recommended for art or women’s history students.

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