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Ape Riding a Gnu
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Ape Riding a Gnu

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Description In this amusing sculpture, Barye parodies the tradition of the equestrian monument. An ape from Sumatra, Indonesia, named Jack rides on the back of an African antelope with buffalo-like antlers-a gnu or wildebeest. Jack arrived at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris in 1836 and survived for less than eight months. After taxidermy, its body became a popular sight for visitors to the Jardin's natural history museum. The composition is based on an engraving of the same subject by Thomas Landseer (1795-1880).
  • 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; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model: BARYE; [Number] Cold stamped on underside: 50; [Number] Cold stamped on top: 27; [Number] Painted inside in white letters: W 106
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1889

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modeled ca. 1840
bronze with some light green over warm red-brown patina
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9 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 4 1/8 in. (24.1 x 27.3 x 10.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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