A fine and genuine bronze casting of Barye's "Reclining Panther" (Panthere couchee), listed in The Barye Bronzes: A Catalogue Raisonne (Stuart Pivar) p. 149. Signed BARYE, with the F. Barbedienne, Fonduer, Paris foundry mark. Approximately 7.5 inches long and 4 inches tall. Fine authentic castings of Barye's work are scarce and valuable.
Antoine Louis Barye (1796 - 1875) was born in Paris, France on September 24, 1796. He was the first and finest sculptor of the French Animaliers school. His work is almost exclusively studies of wild animals but he also produced equestrian groups as well as mythological figures. Barye was an accomplished artist as well as sculptor and his models are technically competent and based on his studies of actual wild animals, both living and dead, at the Jardin de Plantes, in Paris where he spent much of his time. At the 1831 Salon Barye exhibited his masterpiece, Tiger devouring a Gavial, which was bought for the Luxembourg Gardens and now resides in the Louvre. The 1832 Salon saw the cast of Lion and Serpent, another masterpiece that was later installed in the Gardens of the Tuileries. In 1855 and again in 1867 at the age of 71 he was awarded the Grand Medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris for his works. He was elevated to the rank of Officer in the Legion d'Honneur, was named the first president of the Central Union of Beaux Arts and was appointed a Member of the Institute of France. Barye produced no new works after 1869 and following his death in 1875 most of his plasters and models were purchased by Ferdinand Barbedienne, the famous founder whose earlier FB casts of Barye's works were so meticulously done. Barbedienne continued casting bronzes from Barye's original master models until after the turn of the century. All of these later, posthumous, casts are marked F. Barbedienne Founder on them and they are done with extreme attention to detail. Today, most of Barye's plasters and models are the property of the Louvre.
Year: 19th Century
Measurements: approximately 7.5 inches long x 4 inches tall
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