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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)

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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  • animals
  • bronze - Refers to a broad range of alloys of copper, specifically any non-ferrous alloy of copper, tin, and zinc or other trace metals. Bronze was made before 3,000 BCE -- possibly as early as 10,000 BCE, although its common use in tools and decorative items is dated only in later artifacts. The proportions of copper and tin vary widely, from 70 to 95 percent copper in surviving ancient artifacts. Because of the copper base, bronze may be very malleable and easy to work. By the Middle Ages in Europe, it was recognized that using the metals in certain proportions could yield specific properties. Some modern bronzes contain no tin at all, substituting other metals such as aluminum, manganese, and even zinc. Historically, the term was used interchangeably with "latten." U.S. standard bronze is composed of 90% copper, 7% tin and 3% zinc. Ancient bronze alloys sometimes contained up to 14% tin.
  • figurines - Three-dimensional works that represent humans, animals, or mythical beasts at less than half life-size. While the term may be used interchangeably with "statuette" in certain situations, it differs in that a statuette is always free-standing while a figurine may be part of a larger work, such as a decorative detail on a candelabra or mirror.
  • French - Refers to the culture of the modern nation of France, or in general to cultures that have occupied the area of the modern nation in western Europe.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • "All-Over" Design: Lockwood de Forest between Ahmedabad and Bryn Mawr Bryn Mawr College , Oct 24, 2019 – Mar 1, 2020
  • Home Departure and Destination Bryn Mawr College , Oct 4, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Jeanne L. Wasserman and Arthur Beale. Sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye in the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Press. Cambridge, MA, 1982
    Page Number: 69, Figure Number: Cat. 27
  • Manufacturers' Appraisal Company, 1949 Manufacturers' Appraisal. 1949
    Page Number: 18
  • Manufacturers' Appraisal Company, 1954 Manufacturers' Appraisal. 1954
    Page Number: 22

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