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Python Crushing a Gnu
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Python Crushing a Gnu

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Description Barye has returned to a theme that he first explored in 1834-1839, when he modeled this subject as one of four animal combats that stood at the foot of the "Tiger Hunt" (Walters 27.176) in the duke of Orléans's table centerpiece. In this unusually large watercolor, the setting is the Forest of Fontainebleau during daylight.
Date Description Narrative
6/12/1978Treatmentre-housed; other
6/07/1989Treatmentexamined for exhibition; other
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; examined for loan; re-housed; mounted; other
  • French Masterworks on Paper. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
  • 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.
  • A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • The Wild Kingdom of Antoine-Louis Barye, 1795-1875. Wildenstein & Company, New York. 1994.
  • Botanical Delights: Floral Motifs in 19th-Century Art. Government House, Annapolis; Strathmore Hall Art Center, North Bethesda; Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999.
  • A Discerning Eye: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors. Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
  • 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 [Watermark] J Whatman Turkey Mill; [Transcription] Inscribed in graphite, right of center on verso: l
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1889

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ca. 1850s-1860s
watercolor with gum heightening on moderately textured, moderately thick, cream wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
H: 12 7/8 x W: 19 5/8 in. (32.7 x 49.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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