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Antoine-Louis Barye (1796 - 1875)
French
THESÉE ET LE MINOTAURE (THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR)
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 52,500 USD
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570

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION

Antoine-Louis Barye (1796 - 1875)
French
THESÉE ET LE MINOTAURE (THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR)
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 52,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Antoine-Louis Barye (1796 - 1875)
French
THESÉE ET LE MINOTAURE (THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR)
signed BARYE
bronze, with greenish-brown patina
height 17  1/2  in.; 44.45 cm. on modern marble socle
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Provenance

Purchased in the early 1970s, France

Catalogue Note

Ballu considered the present model 'one of Barye's most masterful works and certainly one of the masterpieces of French sculpture' (op. cit.).

This heroic struggle between man and half-beast takes an idealized form in this beautiful cast by Barye. The strong, archaic Greek figure of Theseus, with exaggerated musculature, stylized hair and legs planted firmly apart, contrasts with the romantically conceived figure of the Minotaur and the contorted interaction between the figures, referencing the allegory of the triumph of good over evil. 

Barye's interpretation of the subject was clearly influenced by Antonio Canova's equally powerful group of Theseus and the Minotaur now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. A.5-1962). The figure of Theseus was based on a drawing by Henry Fuseli of an executioner which was adapted from a fresco of the Beheading of John the Baptist by Andrea del Sarto in the Monastero dello Scalzo, Florence.

RELATED LITERATURE
R. Ballu, L'Oeuvre de Barye, Paris, 1890, p. 91;
G. Benge, Antoine-Louis Barye, Sculptor of Romantic Realism, Pennsylvania1984, pp. 116-118;
M. Poletti and A. Richarme, Barye: Catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Paris, 2000, no. F31, pp. 106-107

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