French Bronze Sculpture of a Stalking Lion by Isidore-Jules Bonheur
A fine cast of Isidore-Jules Bonheur 'stalking lion'.
Isidore-Jules Bonheur (1927-1901) is best known as one of the 19th century's most distinguished French animalier sculptors. Born in a famous art family, Isidore-Jules Bonheur specialized in the skills of realistic portrayal of animals. His work is a great presentation of elaborate craftsmanship and refined artistic expression. There is little doubt that Isidore-Jules Bonheur was an acute observer of nature; his animals were not anthropomorphized, but modeled to catch movement or posture characteristic of the particular species.
Isidore-Jules Bonheur was born on May 15th 1827 in Bordeaux. He best known as one of the 19th century's most distinguished French animalier sculptors. Bonheur exhibited great artistic aptitude from an early age and was tutored in drawing and painting by his father. In 1849, at the age of 22, he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, but had, in fact, already made his debut at the Salon of 1848. Bonheur's initial foray into the arts world was through the medium of bronzes at the Royal Academy in London and eventually won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1889.