Barye, Antoine Louis

BORN 24 Sep 1795, Paris - DIED 25 Jun 1875, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 49, section 01, ligne 11)

Antoine Barye was best known as a sculptor of animals. He started out as a goldsmith and studied sculpture under F.J. Bosio and A.J. Gros. In 1818 he entered the École des Beaux Arts. After he watched the wild animals at the Jardin des Plantes in 1823 he turned to drawing and then sculpting animals.

In 1831 his sculpture of a tiger devouring a crocodile was exhibited and many more animals followed. In 1847 his "Theseus and the Minotaur" was shown. Two large lions by his hand can still be seen at the gardens of the Tuileries in Paris.

It took a long time before he enjoyed fame with the public, but in 1854 he was appointed Professor of Drawings at the Museum of Natural History. In 1864 he made a statue of Napoleon I for the city of Ajaccio and in 1868 he became a memeber of the Academy of Fine Arts.

Related persons
• was pupil of Gros, Antoine-Jean
• made a sculpture of Napoleon I Bonaparte


The grave of Antoine Louis Barye at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2001)


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Antoine-Louis Barye - Wikipedia

Bashkirtseff, Maria

Published: 30 Apr 2009
Last update: 25 Apr 2022