"Ploughing in the Nivernais" by Rosa Bonheur
Bonheur persevered and became a respected artist, whose paintings and sculptures brought her fame and fortune. She was known for her paintings, sculptures, and drawings of animals, particularly horses and bulls. Sought after by royals, statesmen, and celebrities, her high-profile admirers included Empress Eugénie, the wife of Napoleon III. She was so impressed with Bonheur’s work that she awarded her the Medal of Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur.