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Title

Lion walking

circa 1840
cast post 1875


Artists

Unknown

after Antoine-Louis Barye

France

24 Sep 1795 - 25 Jun 1875


About

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.


Details


Dates

circa 1840
cast post 1875


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

bronze


Dimensions

23.0 x 40.5 x 10.3 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1944


Location

Not on display


Accession number

7424


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

141

Artist information

after Antoine-Louis Barye

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Arsene Alexandre, Les artistes célèbres – A L Barye, Paris, 1889, p 63, illus p 33.

Roger Ballu, L'oeuvre de Barye, Paris, 1890, p 162, no 45, illus p 30.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Late Victorian, Edwardian and French sculptures', Sydney, Jan 1972, pp 646–63: illus p 655.

Stuart Pivar, 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).

Michel Poletti and Alain Richarme, Barye: catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Paris, 2000, pp 187–89, no A61, col illus p 187.

Salon and Académie: the charm of tradition: a catalogue of nineteenth-century European salon works, Sydney, 1984, p [50], illus p [50].

Annual report of the Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales for the years 1944–45, Sydney, 1946, pp 4, 13.