A Pair of Large and Finely Patinated Bronze Models Of A Standing Bull and a Running Cow After Models by Isidor-Jules Bonheur, Cast on a Naturalistic Base.
French, Circa 1890.
Signed 'I BONHEUR' and stamped 'PEYROL EDITEUR'.
Bonheur was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon and his naturalistic depiction of farm animals, including cattle, was one of his most popular subjects. The bronze was cast by his brother-in-law, Hippolyte Peyrol, who ran one of the most successful art foundries in Paris at this time.
Isidore-Jules Bonheur (1827-1901) was the son of the painter Raymond Bonheur and younger brother of Rosa Bonheur, the famous sculptor. He was born in Bordeaux and studied painting, at first with his father and then with the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, moving on to sculpture in 1848.