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Lion and Serpent

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A lion attacking a snake is a recurrent theme in Barye's production. The artist has given the cat a particularly ferocious expression as it approaches its prey, a small cobra. For this watercolor, Barye worked mostly with colored washes; patches of opaque blue pigment define the sky. To enhance the surface, Barye employed a knife to scratch in details in the lion's mane.
Date Description Narrative
1/17/1979Examinationexamined for exhibition
6/07/1989Treatmentexamined for exhibition; other
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Public Property. 2012.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Durand-Ruel, Paris; 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] Inscribed in upper left in black: BARYE; [Number] Illegible numbers and name on reverse.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1889

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ca. 1840
watercolor on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 9 3/4 x W: 12 7/8 in. (24.8 x 32.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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