cast post 1875
after Antoine-Louis Barye
24 Sep 1795 - 25 Jun 1875
Antoine-Louis Barye was one of the greatest Romantic French sculptors, most famous for his work as an 'animalier', a sculptor of animals. Although an accomplished monumental sculptor, he also created a considerable body of small-scale works and often made multiple casts of his small bronze designs. Barye gave life so vividly to his tiny bronzes, which were filled with direct and vibrant naturalism, that his contemporary, the painter Eugène Delacroix once said of him: 'I wish I could put a twist in a tiger’s tail like that man’. Auguste Rodin, 44 years younger, claimed Barye as his teacher and artistic father. The present sculpture representing a walking lion (on a rectangular base), his head slightly turned towards the left, laid on a naturalist base, is often paired with 'Tiger walking' (acc no 7425), whose head is turned toward the right.
cast post 1875
23.0 x 40.5 x 10.3 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 7 publications
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Late Victorian, Edwardian and French sculptures', Sydney, Jan 1972, pp 646–63: illus p 655.
L'oeuvre de Barye, Paris, 1890, p 162, no 45, illus p 30.
Annual report of the Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales for the years 1944–45, Sydney, 1946, pp 4, 13.
Les artistes célèbres – A L Barye, Paris, 1889, p 63, illus p 33.
The Barye Bronzes A Catalogue Raisonné, Woodbridge, 1974, pp 32, 40, 264, 279, no A48, illus p 131. 1990 reprint (pp 54, 282, 297, no A48, illus p 147).
Salon and Académie: the charm of tradition: a catalogue of nineteenth-century European salon works, Sydney, 1984, p , illus p .
Barye: catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Paris, 2000, pp 187–89, no A61, col illus p 187.