Lot 92
  • 92

Antoine-Louis Barye

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
45,000 GBP
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  • Antoine-Louis Barye
  • Cheval Turc No 2 (antérieur gauche levé, terrasse carrée) (Turkish Horse No 2)
  • signed: BARYE, inscribed: F. BARBEDiENNE. FONDEUR., with the gold FB, inscribed: 37 to the underside, and inscribed: 6811 / Sar. vl / 160 in ink to the underside
  • bronze, dark brown-green patina
  • 30 by 31.2cm., 11¾ by 12 1/4 in.

Catalogue Note

'Le Michel-Ange de la Ménagerie' was the tribute given to Barye by the celebrated French art critic Théophile Gautier. Considered the inventor and undisputed master of animalier sculpture, Barye created an exceptional oeuvre parallel to that of his friend, the Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix. The Cheval Turc is generally regarded as the model which most powerfully epitomes his unique sculptural vision. 

Infused as it is with the Romantic spirit of Barye's own age, the Cheval Turc also recalls the Antique equestrian group of Marcus Aurelius and the Renaissance precedent of Leonardo's drawings of a rearing horse, studies for a monument to Francesco Sforza which was never erected. The Cheval Turc triumphantly presents Barye's supreme grasp of anatomy and drama and as the author of the 1844 Besse catalogue wrote "...the only feeling that one can experience upon seeing it is a deep admiration both for one of nature's most noble creatures and the talent of its delineator."

M. Poletti and A. Richarme, Barye. Catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Paris, 2000, no. pp. 265-266, A128