Art Lovers Book Club: Art is a Tyrant: The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur by Catherine Hewitt
Rosa Bonheur was the very antithesis of the feminine ideal of 19th-century society. She was educated, she shunned traditional ‘womanly’ pursuits, she rejected marriage – and she wore trousers. But the society whose rules she spurned accepted her as one of their own, because of her genius for painting animals.
Catherine Hewitt’s compelling new biography is an inspiring evocation of a life lived against the rules.