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Seated Lion

ca. 1830s Antoine-Louis Barye Born: Paris, France 1796 Died: Paris, France 1875 cast bronze 7 x 3 x 6 1/4 in. (17.8 x 7.6 x 15.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Olin Dows 1983.90.204 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B


Luce Center Quote

“This larval lion, a living spectre, had something fantastic and powerfully imposing about it.” Emmanuel Frémiet, 1846, quoted in Stuart Pivar, The Barye Bronzes, 1974

Luce Center Label

Seated Lion is a sketch model of a statue for the Tuileries gardens in Paris. Antoine-Louis Barye had extremely high standards and usually cast, chiseled, and patinated all of his own pieces. The government decided to sand-cast the full-size Lion assis, however, because this was a cheaper method. The sculpture was later moved to the Louvre, and a mechanically reversed reproduction was made so that the two lions could flank the museum’s entrance.

Keywords

Animal - lion

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Antoine-Louis Barye

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

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