Antoine-Louis Barye

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Antoine-Louis Barye
Tigress on her Back
ca. 1850-1860
Watercolor and opaque watercolor.
8 3/8 x 10 15/16 inches (213 x 277 mm)
Thaw Collection.

Signed in pen and brown ink at lower right: "Barye".

P.A. Chéramy, Paris; his sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 5-7 May 1908, no. 273 (1,940F.); Alfred Beurdeley, Paris; his sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 2-4 February 1920, no. 15 (9100F.); M. Schoeller, Paris; Jacques Zoubaloff, Paris; his sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 16-17 June 1927, no. 9; Gerson; Galerie Afred Daber, Paris; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 7, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 76.


Barye and Delacroix spent time in the Jardin des Plantes and the Museum of Natural History sketching both living and taxidermied specimens of exotic animals. Unfettered access to the animals, formerly in the royal menagerie at Versailles, was a phenomenon particular to the postrevolutionary world. Barye was primarily a sculptor, and his watercolors and paintings of animals remained in his studio and surfaced only after his death, revealing an innovative use of the medium. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Associated names: 

Chéramy, Paul Arthur, former owner.
Beurdeley, Alfred, 1847-1919, former owner.
Schoeller, M., former owner.
Zoubaloff, Jacques, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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