Runing elephant Barye - Bronze

Runing elephant Barye - Bronze

Hand patinated bronze reproduction on black marble base. Mold made from a print of the original work of sculptor Barye.

This runing elephant or "Elephant from Senegal "is one of the reference pieces of the artist. Everything is in movement and in force. Barye preferred bronze to marble, which he considers too cold.



Dimensions :
16 x 28 x 8 cm
Material of the original work :
Material :
Entretien :
Ne pas exposer à une source de chaleur directe. Nettoyage : chiffon doux et sec
Museum :
Musée du Louvre
Matière de l'article :
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Museum of Conservation :
Paris, Musée du Louvre
Author :
A.L. Barye (1796-1875)

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Antoine Louis Barye (1796-1875)

Son of a Parisian goldsmith, Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875) began his apprenticeship in an engraver's workshop and continued with the goldsmith Bicunais from whom he learned the different stages of metalwork, from melting to chiselling. From this hard apprenticeship, he retained the precision of line and the sharpness of drawing. In 1816, he entered the workshop of the sculptor Bosio, and in 1823 of Fauconnier, goldsmith of the Duchesse d'Angoulême; there he started modelling figurines of small animals. It was then that he studied animals at the "Jardin des Plantes", observing their attitudes and movements. His desire to treat in sculpture the animal for its own dramatic values brought the artist violent criticisms. Barye's style remained unique and this form of romanticism in the sculpture of animals would not be found again. Attracting little esteem from official circles, Barye ceased exhibiting at the Salon after 1837. But many wealthy amateurs, such as the Duc d'Orléans, took interest in his non-academic form of art. The bronze production of his small sized works ensured his success with a large audience.