Antonie-Louis Barye: Sculptor of Romantic Realism

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Pennsylvania State University Press, 1984 - Art - 210 pages
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Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875), called by Gautier "le Michel-Ange de la Menagerie," is a sculptor whose star continues to rise both among critic-historians and among private collectors. Major museums --notably the Louvre, the Metropolitan, and the Walters --constantly add to their holdings of his work, while auction prices rose fivefold in the 1970's Barye's relationship to contemporary sculptors and his influence on succeeding generations also are increasingly recognized. His art, in the author's words, "embodies the yearning and turmoil, the triumphs and anguish" of the Romantic Age.Bayre's work combins scientific precision (especially zoological), technical skill (particularly with bronze), and - despite his apparent thoroughgoing realism- composition approaching abstract expressionism.An introductory chapter tells what little is known of Barye's life: his friendship with Delacroix, his apprenticeship under the goldsmith to Napoleon I, his absorbtion of both the romanticism of Hugo and the positivism of Comte, his allegories for the royal house of Orleans, his association with Napoleon III in creating the New Louvre, and his tutelage of Rodin in the technique of animal sculpture. The bulk of the book presents a chronological critique of Barye's oeuvre, incorporating a complete catalog. It therefore serves not only as a study in artistic evolution but also as a handbook for curator nd connoisseur.

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The Early Works 181930
The Monumental Sculpture 183169
The Small Sculpture 1830 and Later

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About the author (1984)

Glenn F. Benge has published studies of various aspects of Barye's work since 1975. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he earned his PhD at the University of Iowa and is Professor of Art History at Temple University.

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