A Bronze Model of a Rabbit by Antoine Louis Barye, Barbedienne Foundry
Width: 4 .25"
Stamped: F. Barbedienne
Maker: Antoine Louis Barye with F. Barbedienne Foundry
Born in Paris, Barye began his career as a goldsmith like many sculptors of the Romantic Period. He first worked under his father, but around 1810 worked under the sculptor Guillaume-Mertin Biennais, who was a goldsmith to Napoleon. After studying under sculptor Francois-Joseph Bosio in 1816 and painter Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, he was (in 1818) admitted to the École des Beaux Arts
But it was not until 1823, while working for Fauconnier, the goldsmith, that he discovered his true predilection from watching the animals in the Jardin des Plantes, making vigorous studies of them in pencil drawings comparable to those of Delacroix, then modelling them in sculpture on a large or small scale