Description Barye contrasts the powerful, broadly rendered muscular build of the jaguar with the more detailed, limp body of the terror-stricken hare. The cat's ears are pressed against its head and its features are convulsed in fury as it prepares to devour the entrails of its prey. At the Paris Salon of 1850, "Jaguar Devouring a Hare" was exhibited together with "Lapith Combating a Centaur" -one work representing the artist's most romantic side and the other, his most classical. Both sculptures were acclaimed masterpieces. The critic Théophile Gautier observed of this sculpture: "The mere reproduction of nature does not constitute art; [Barye] aggrandizes his animal subjects, simplifying them, idealizing and stylizing them in a manner that is bold, energetic, and rugged, that makes him the Michael Angelo of the menagerie. A variation on this sculpture by the French modernist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was recently acquired by the Baltimore Museum of Art."
- The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
- Barye Sculpture and Drawings. American Federation of Arts, New York. 1959-1960.
- 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 Ferdinand Barbedienne; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1884, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model: A L BARYE.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1884
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