The present bronze was part of the collection of Roger Godchaux, himself a sculptor affiliated with a late generation of animalier artists who followed in the footsteps of the great Romantic exponents of the genre, among whom Barye would have been held in the highest esteem. A student of Gerome, Godchaux's debuted in the Salon of 1905, specialising in more impressionistic interpretations of animalier sculpture of the 19th century. His admiration for Barye was obvious and self-conscious, and is particularly evident in his elephant sculptures, which were amongst his most popular subjects.
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 and A. Richarme, Barye: Catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Paris, 2000, no. F31, pp.106-107
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