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Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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.

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Artist: Antoine-Louis Barye
Reclining Doe
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in PARIS, FR
Reclining Doe by Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) Bronze sculpture with a nuanced dark brown patina signed "Barye" on the base old edition cast – probably from the Barye's workshop (...
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1860s French School Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Turtle
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in PARIS, FR
Turtle n°2 (model without base) by Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) Bronze sculpture with a nuanced dark brown patina signed "Barye" on the underside France Cast around 1890 height ...
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Late 19th Century French School Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Antoine - Louis BARYE (1795-1875)Tiger surprising an antelope Bronze
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in Gent, VOV
Tiger surprising an antelope (terrace without profile) Bronze with a shaded green patina, circa 1880 Signed 'BARYE', stamped 'H' by the founder Brame Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-187...
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19th Century Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Bear standing
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in PARIS, FR
Bear standing by Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) Rare bronze sculpture with a nuanced dark brown patina Probably cast by Brame (old edition) France circa 1880-1890 height 24 cm A ...
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1880s French School Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Deer, doe and fawn
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in PARIS, FR
"Stag, doe and fawn" also know as "Deer family" by Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) Bronze group with nuanced dark brown patina signed "Barye" on the base...
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1880s French School Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Turkish Horse
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in PARIS, FR
"Turkish Horse" by Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) Bronze with nuanced dark brown patina cast by BARBEDIENNE France circa 1880 height 28 cm length 31,5 cm This is the biggest size...
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1880s French School Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Taureau Attaque par un Tigre
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in New York, NY
An acute observer of nature Barye was fascinated by the dramatic depiction of animals in the wild. These anomalies bronzes can sit on mantles and desks and elevate a room tremendousl...
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1840s Realist Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Tartar Warrior stopping his Horse, bronze sculpture
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in PARIS, FR
A very fine bronze equestrian sculpture with a nuanced dark greenish brown patina France model of 1845 Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne around 1890-1900 height 37,3 cm length of the base 31,5 cm Marked with a souvenir date "22 mai 1904". Biography : Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) was a French sculptor, known for his animal sculptures. His sketch practice done in the wild, according to the animals of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, led him gradually to also practice painting. Placed early in Fourier, an engraver on steel manufacturing metal parts for the uniforms of the Great Army, he learned all areas of metal processing and became a peerless worker. He entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1818, where he received classical training in the workshop of the sculptor François Joseph Bosio and the painter Antoine-Jean Gros. He graduated in 1820, the second prize for sculpture in Rome for his "Cain cursed by God" .It was in 1831 that Barye became known to the public exhibiting then his "Tiger devouring a Crocodile", tormented and expressive work, which ranked as soon as the first Romantic sculptor, and causing admiration criticism. He now produced numerous masterpieces, often of small dimensions, that will enrich the collections of fans...
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Late 19th Century Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Patinated Bronze Statue of Theseus and the Centaur by Antoine-Louis Barye
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in New York, NY
Title: Theseus and the Centaur Artist: Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875) Date: 19th Century Medium: Oil on panel Signature: Signed ‘AL BARYE’ and stamped with ...
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19th Century Baroque Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Antique Etching Le Lion Qui Marche by Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1796-1875)
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in SANTA FE, NM
Le Lion Qui Marche Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1796-1875) Circa 1880 Etching on laid paper after the original bronze by master etcher Abel Lurat (F...
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1880s French School Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Paper, Ink, Etching

Antoine Louis-Barye "Walking Lion" Antique Engraving by Firmin Gillot ca. 1870
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in SANTA FE, NM
"Walking Lion" Antoine Louis-Barye (France, 1775-1895) Antique Engraving by Firmin Gillot Circa. 1870 11 1/3 x 7 3/4 (21 3/8 x 17 1/2 frame) inches This is "Walking Lion," along with "Walking Tiger...
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1870s Realist Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Black and White

Antoine Louis-Barye "Walking Tiger" Antique Engraving by Firmin Gillot ca. 1870
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in SANTA FE, NM
"Walking Tiger" Antoine Louis-Barye Antique Engraving by Firmin Gillot Circa. 1870 11 1/3 x 7 3/4 (21 3/8 x 17 1/2 frame) inches This is "Walking Tig...
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1870s Realist Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Black and White

Sculpture of "A Rearing Bull" by animalier Antoine-Louis Barye
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in New York, NY
Antoine-Louis Barye was acclaimed as the finest sculptor of the French Animaliers School. As a 19th century sculptor he was an advocate for both naturalism and romanticism. This rear...
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19th Century Academic Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

Manchu Tartar
By Antoine-Louis Barye
Located in New York, NY
ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE French, (1796-1875) Manchu Tartar Patinated Bronze; Signed BARYE on base 21 x 8 1/2 inches
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Mid-19th Century Antoine-Louis Barye Art

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Bronze

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