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Antoine-Louis Barye

French, 1796-1875

The son of a goldsmith, Parisian born Antoine-Louis Barye was a sculptor of animal subjects and acclaimed, not only for his apparent skill but as the founder of what became known as the French Animaliers School. Among his patrons were representatives of the state government and royalty, including the Duke of Orleans and the Dukes of Luynes, Montpensier and Nemours.

Well compensated financially, Barye was able to buy the best of materials and hire the country's most skilled foundry craftsmen. The foundry he hired was owned by Ferdinand Barbedienne and casts from this period were stamped with the letters, FB. However, he did not make a lot of money from his work because he was such a perfectionist that often he would not sell his work because he thought it was not "quite right." In 1848, he declared bankruptcy and his molds and plaster casts were sold along with the copyrights.

Barye's specialty was aroused, angry-seeming wild game such as lions and tigers and elephants, but he also did equestrian groups and mythology figures. In order to do realistic depictions of animal anatomy, he spent much time at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. His early training was as an apprentice to a metal engraver, but being drafted in the army in 1812 ended that education. In 1832, he had established his studio, and unique at that time was his method of cold stamping his bronze casts so that each one had a special number. He had his first entry, The Milo of Croton, in the Paris Salon in 1819, winning a second prize. In 1831, a work regarded as a masterpiece, Tiger Devouring a Gavial, was in the Salon and purchased for the Luxembourg Gardens, which is now in the Louvre. However, many of his subsequent Salon submissions were rejected and so angered him that between 1836 and 1851, he refused to submit entries. In 1851, he again exhibited at the Salon with Jaguar Devouring A Hare, and this work, like the 1831 entry, was placed in the Luxembourg Gardens and eventually in the Louvre.

In spite of problems with the Salon, Barye received many accolades for his work, and the period of 1837–48 was considered the most productive time of his career. However, in 1848, when he lost control of his work and it was reproduced by others including Martin and Barbedienne, the sculptures, according to some art professionals, are not as skillfully executed. In 1848, after his bankruptcy, Barye became director of Casts and Models in the Louvre, until 1850, when he was replaced by Emmanuel Fremiet. It was a very difficult time for him. However, within a few years, he began receiving accolades for the quality and uniqueness of his work, and people began appreciating the powerful images of his sculpture, especially the wildlife in their natural surroundings. In 1854, he was appointed Master of Zoological Drawing in the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle and held this position until his death in 1875.

(Biography provided by Gallery of the Masters)
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Antoine Louis Barye Panther Attacking A Civet Cat
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in Dallas, TX
ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (FRENCH, 1795-1875) Panthère surprenant un zibeth, seconde version (Panther attacking a civet cat, second version) signed BARYE bronze, dark-brown patina wit...
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1860s French Beaux Arts Antique Antoine-Louis Barye

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Bronze

Late 19th Century Animalier Bronze 'Leopard and Panther' Plaques by Antoine L Ba
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in London, GB
A pair of majestic late 19th century animalier bronze plaques one decorated with a striding panther the other of a striding leopard. The bronze plaques with excellent hand chased sur...
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1870s French Victorian Antique Antoine-Louis Barye

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Bronze

Barye Antoine-Louis Bronze of St. Michael Fighting the Dragon
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in Stamford, CT
Barye Antoine-Louis (1795-1875), St. Michael fighting the dragon. Signed This spectacular bronze representing the "Archangel Michael fighting the Dragon" is the work of the famous...
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1850s French Romantic Antique Antoine-Louis Barye

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The Famous Bronze Sculpture Entitled “Panthère Saisissant Un Cerf” by Barye
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in New York, NY
The Famous Bronze Sculpture Entitled “Panthère Saisissant Un Cerf” By Barye Antoine-Louis Barye Depicting a Panther Seizing a Stag. Signed A L Barye to the base. Antoine-...
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19th Century French Belle Époque Antique Antoine-Louis Barye

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Bronze

Fine Patinated Bronze Figural Statue of Theseus & The Centaur by A. Barye
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in New York, NY
Fine 19th century French patinated bronze sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye titled 'Theseus & The Centaur', depicting Theseus slaying the Centaur Bianor, Signed 'BARYE', and foundry...
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19th Century French Antique Antoine-Louis Barye

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Bronze

Late 19th Century French Animalier bronze entitled "Cerf Qui Écoute" byBarye
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in London, GB
A stunning late 19th Century animalier bronze of an alert Stag listening to the ambience around him. This piece has been modelled with an incredible amount of detail, displaying clea...
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Late 19th Century French French Provincial Antique Antoine-Louis Barye

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Bronze

Antoine Louis Barye Taureau debout, seconde version
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in Dallas, TX
Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1795-1875) Taureau debout, seconde version (Standing bull, second version) Rich milk chocolate patina and excellent detail. Signed “Barye” and marked ...
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1880s French Beaux Arts Antique Antoine-Louis Barye

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Bronze

French Bronze Sculpture of Ocelot and Heron by Antoine-Louis Barye, Barbedienne
By F. Barbedienne Foundry, Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An early Barbedienne casting from the molds acquired at the sale of Barye's estate in 1876 for 500 francs (no. 590), the model depicts a wild Ocelot dragging a Heron across the soil....
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19th Century French Romantic Antique Antoine-Louis Barye

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Bronze

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