Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris )
modeled before 1847
14-1/8 x 21-3/4 x 10-1/4 in. (35.9 x 55.2 x 26.0 cm.)
Gift of M.A.S. de Reinis, 1981
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
The unrestrained violence of animals evoked a powerful response from the Romantics who saw them as embodiments of instinct as opposed to reason. In animal combat they saw the most elemental struggle of all, the struggle for survival. Géricault and Delacroix were painters who explored this facet of French Romanticism most deeply; Bayre was the quintessential Romantic sculptor.
Signature: On the base, near the head of the stag: A L BARYE