Tigre qui Marche (Striding Tiger) After Antoine Louis Barye, Circa 1890
This very fine posthumous casting of Antoine Louis Barye’s iconic work exhibits a fine black/green patina overall, the naturalistic base bears impressed signatures for Barye and F. Barbedienne, Fondeur (for Ferdinand Barbedienne) the underside showing inscribed casting codes. Dimensions, 8.3" high x 16.5” long x 4” deep.
Antoine Louis Barye (1795-1875) is perhaps the most celebrated and acclaimed artist of the ‘Animaliers School’ and was the recipient of several royal & state commissions and the patronage of a great many noble French families. He was appointed Director of Casts and Models at the Louvre in 1848, and in 1858 he was made Professor of Drawings at the Museum of Natural History at the Jardin de Plantes. He was awarded the Grand Medal at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, and became the 1st President of the Central Union of Beaux Arts as well as being made a member of the Institute of France. After his death in 1875 the majority of his master casts and models were purchased by the famous foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1898). These posthumous castings were executed with the highest attention to scale, definition and patina and bear the signatures of Barye and F. Barbedienne, Fondeur.