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Eagle Holding a Heron (first version)
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Eagle Holding a Heron (first version)


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description An eagle, with its beak opened as though it is screeching, has landed on a rock and leans over the lifeless body of a heron. This composition is one of several that trace their origin to a project that the French government conceived in 1834: to place on top of the Arc de Triomphe a gigantic statue of an eagle with a wingspan of over 75 feet. In its talons, the eagle was intended to grasp various trophies of war. For fear of offending past enemies, the government eventually canceled the project. Barye, however, reused the figure of the eagle with the outstretched wings in some of his compositions, including this example.
Exhibitions
  • 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 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model: A L BARYE; [Number] Painted inside in white: W 17.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1889

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Period
first issued 1857
Medium
bronze with remnants of green and black over red-brown patina
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.146
Measurements
H: 11 1/4 x W: 14 1/4 x D: 10 5/8 in. (28.6 x 36.2 x 27 cm)
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