Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris)
transfer watercolor on heavy wove paper
5 5/8 x 9 5/16 in. (14.3 x 23.7 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
A sculptor, painter, and printmaker, Bayre is best known for his bronze sculptures of animals and his watercolors. The blurred quality of the present work suggests that it was transferred from a watercolor or served as a template for other projects. The artist employed such transfer processes in order to create multiple versions of his work, sometimes in varying scales. This image probably derives from Bayre’s bronze sculpture of Tiger Devouring a Gazelle (The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore). The statue was first shown at the Salon of 1834 at the height of the Romantic Movement. It is likely that the bronze predates this watercolor, since Bayre’s practice of signing his name in all capitals, as it appears here, began in 1840.
Signature: Signed in red-brown watercolor (lower right): BARYE
Marking: Verso: Tir Nr 4 posé sur pp. seul Paul David label: Jaguar Dévorant une Gazelle Additional old labels on backing: Galerie Alfred Daber 103 bd. Haussmann, Parie 8[e], Exposition l"'Univers de Barye" du 2 au 24 Mars 1956, No. 12 du catalogue; Arthur Lenars & Cie, HiS 663, N.Y. [transportation label?]
Paul David, Biron; [Stephen Higgons, Paris]; Acquired by Robert Lehman from Stephen Higgons in May 1961.