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Jaguar Devouring a Crocodile

ca. 1830s Antoine-Louis Barye Born: Paris, France 1796 Died: Paris, France 1875 cast bronze and marble 4 3/8 x 5 x 10 1/2 in. (11.1 x 12.7 x 26.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Olin Dows 1983.90.206 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B


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Antoine-Louis Barye created more than fifty sculptures of cats. He chiseled the surface and applied patinas to show the patterns and textures of each animal’s fur. His work captures the force and brutality of great wild cats attacking their prey, and one critic described it as a “fierce, gluttonous, voluptuous enjoyment of the feline beast in the taste of blood.”

Keywords

Animal - jaguar

Animal - reptile - alligator

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

About Antoine-Louis Barye

Born: Paris, France 1796 Died: Paris, France 1875

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