Google Doodle Celebrates French Artist Rosa Bonheur's 200th Birthday Her stunningly realistic paintings of animals made her one of the most important female painters of the 19th century.

Two centuries ago, the educational opportunities available to women in the art world were limited. But art seemed to be in Rosa Bonheur's blood.

Born into a family of painters, the French artist was sketching with pencil and paper before she could talk. With the encouragement and tutelage of her father, a landscape and portrait painter, Bonheur became one of the most important female painters of the 19th century.

Rosa Bonheur broke boundaries to become one of France's most acclaimed female artists. With her skillfully rendered, realistic paintings of animals, Bonheur appealed to an array of contemporary audiences, from juries of the prestigious Paris Salon to members of the general public.

Bonhaeur died in 1899 at the age of 77, and was buried in Pere Lacheis Cemetery next to his lifelong companion, Nathalie Mykas.