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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

Antoine-Louis Barye
FRENCH
THÉSÉE COMBATTANT LE MINOTAURE (SECONDE VERSION) (THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR)
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 67,250 GBP
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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

Antoine-Louis Barye
FRENCH
THÉSÉE COMBATTANT LE MINOTAURE (SECONDE VERSION) (THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR)
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 67,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th & 20th Century European Sculpture

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Antoine-Louis Barye
1796 - 1875
FRENCH
THÉSÉE COMBATTANT LE MINOTAURE (SECONDE VERSION) (THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR)
signed: BARYE
bronze, dark brown patina, on red veined marble base
bronze: 44cm., 17¼in.
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Catalogue Note

Barye based the figure of Theseus on a drawing by Henry Fuseli of an executioner which was taken in turn from a fresco of the Beheading of John the Baptist by Andrea del Sarto in the Monastero dello Scalzo, Florence. Further inspiration comes from a sheet of drawings of boxers by Géricault. The strictly archaic Greek Theseus, his hair stylised and linear and legs planted firmly apart, makes a composed combatant for the more romantically conceived minotaur. The contrast subtly underlines the triumph of good over evil. Ballu considered the model 'one of Barye's most masterful works and certainly one of the masterpieces of French sculpture'.

The present model is a particularly fine cast from Barye's own workshop.

RELATED LITERATURE
R. Ballu, L'Oeuvre de Barye, Paris, 1890, p.91; G. Benge, Antoine-Louis Barye, Sculptor of Romantic Realism, Pennsylvania, 1984, pp.116-118; M. Poletti & A. Richarme, Barye: Catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Paris, 2000, nos. F31-F32, pp.106-108

19th & 20th Century European Sculpture

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