Description A bear lies in its water trough holding food between its paws. When Barye exhibited a plaster of this sculpture at the Paris Salon in 1833, he titled it "Alpine Bear." A cast in bronze by Honoré Gonon was subsequently purchased along with the "Dead Gazelle" by the duke of Orléans. No other casts were made during Barye's lifetime. This particular cast, bearing a gold plate stamped FB, was issued between 1876 and 1889 by Ferdinand Barbedienne, who had purchased a plaster model for it at the artist's estate sale in 1876.
- The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
- Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach. 2007-2008.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1889 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] BARYE; [Signature] Cast through from model: F.BARBEDIENNE. FONDEUR; [Number] Engraved on underside of cast: 115; [Transcription] Stamped on rectangular gold plate and set into bronze: FB; [Number] Painted inside in white: W 88
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1889
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