Today's Hours
Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Today's Hours
Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tiger Reclining
The young Baryes studies with the Italian sculptor Bozio and the French painter Gros convinced him that the classical conventions of the Academy which then dominated European art were both inadequate and counterproductive in terms of realistically depicting animals. Instead, he began a self-study of various naturalists, attended dissections, and made regular visits to the Jardin des Plantes with his friend, Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix, to observe and draw the exotic animals on display there, resulting in the small paintings like Tiger Reclining seen here. Though he is more widely known for the artistic mastery of his bronzes, these paintings reveal his thorough knowledge of both anatomy and art. Late in life, as he struggled financially, this expertise won him the position of Professor of Zoological Drawing at the Museum of Natural History in 1854, a position he held until his death.