Description William T. Walters' enthusiasm for the work of the French sculptor of animals Antoine-Louis Barye led him to acquire not only a large number of bronzes of exceptional quality but also many sketches and watercolors. Barye was friends with Eugène Delacroix and together the two observed animals, both living and dead, at the zoo in Paris. Barye attended dissections and often added measurements to his drawings. Such patient studies resulted in vividly lifelike portrayals of animals in both two and three dimensions.
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- Barye Sculpture and Drawings. American Federation of Arts, New York. 1959-1960.
- The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
- French Master Drawings of the Mid Nineteenth Century. Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. 1962.
- 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.
- From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, before 1889 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions "BARYE" in red watercolor at right lower edge, recto; "1" in graphite at center, verso
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1889
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