All Items (Barye, Antoine-Louis) (Sculpture)
Born the son of a jeweler in 1796, Barye attended the Ecole de Beaux arts where he tried unsuccessfully for the Prix de Rome and the chance to study in Italy. Though he continued to compete, he won little and didnt gain entrance to the Paris Salon until he was in his thirties. After an initial success in 1831, he did well again in the Salon of 1833 with Lion Crushing a Serpent and received his first commission for a public statue. Barye loved to place his animals in combat, not only to show off the musculature of their...
Like other sculptors of his place and time, Barye was drawn to the figure of Napoleon Bonaparte, not least because he had been conscripted into the emperors final army at age sixteen. Napoleon, born to a Corsican family of noble Italian descent, worked his way up through the French ranks during the French Revolution and the European wars that followed until he not only ruled France as Napoleon I, but also cast his mark across much of Europe, conquering the majority and either marrying his family into royalty or, in some cases, actually seating them on some of the royal...