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BARYE, Antoine-Louis

Paris 1795 - Paris 1875

Cerf, la jambe levée

Deer

red wax over an armature, with original wooden base

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 6 58 x 7 1316 x 3 18 in.

on base, proper rear left of animal: BARYE
under side of base, brown ink: 140
toward rear, blue ink: 54

Acc. No.: 1943.1086

Credit Line: Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943 1086

Photo credit: 2009 President and Fellows of Harvard College

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Provenance

  • 1943, bequest of Grenville Lindall Winthrop to the Fogg Art Museum

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, January 20, 2013
  • 1972 ETS
    Exhibition of Sculpture, Antoine Louis Barye, 1796-1875, exh. cat., London, Educational Testing Service, 1972, p. 37, repr.
  • 1982 Wasserman, Beale
    Jeanne L. Wasserman and Arthur Beale, Sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye in the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, 1982, no. 13, p. 38

Exhibitions

  • 1981 Cambridge
    A Bronze Menagerie and Other Works by Antoine-Louis Barye from the Fogg Museum's Collection, Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, September 25-December 27, 1981, no. 23

    2012-2013 Cambridge
    Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, January 31, 2012-December 31, 2013

Comment

  • Jeanne L. Wasserman and Arthur Beale, Sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye in the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, 1982, p. 38:
    The deer was formed in red wax over a metal armature. The surface of the sculpture hass been coated with a shellaclike substance, giving it a dark brown to black appearance. Traces of plaster around the wooden base suggest that the mounting was larger at one time. The sculpture, however, shows no obvious evidence of having been cast. Allowing of certain alterations because of the fragility and pliability of the wax, this deer lacks the grace and elegance of other Barye animals of the deer family. It is chunkier with a rigid, bony back and not as subtle ass his other deer and stags. It is less idealized, and seems realistic to the point of appearing old and bony. It was perhaps a sketch taken from life of a particular animal, or even a modèle never used.