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Antoine-Louis Barye
French (active 1796 - 1875) Primary

Wolf Caught in a Trap

ca. 1870

4 1/2 in. x 5 in. x 2 in. (11.43 cm x 12.7 cm x 5.08 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.31
Other Number(s): SN-422 (Tripix)
W.478 (Wyndham No.)
Geography: Europe, France
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures
Culture/Nationality: French
Collection: Deanery Collection
Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) was a French sculptor who began his career as a goldsmith but later became one of the great ‘animaliers’ of the 19th century. The term was, in fact, coined (derisively, by critics) in 1831 specifically to describe Barye after his small animal bronzes became immensely popular in Paris. Barye himself wished to be known instead as a ‘sculpteur statuaire’ - a sculptor of larger statues, and in his later career he produced a number of famous works now exibited in national museums around the world, including the Louvre in his hometown of Paris.

The inventory of the Deanery taken in 1917 lists numerous small bronze statues of animals, including this one of a wolf caught in a trap. The figurine exemplifies Barye’s skill in rendering on a small scale not only the realistic anatomy of the animal but also its energy and beauty.

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