Total Dimensions: Height 10.5'' x Width 12''
Approximate Weight: 20 LBS
Original Reproduction: Reproduction
This ferocious lion is clearly not intimidated by this small slithering snake. Although a snakes bite can be deadly this lion roars wildly before taking the snake out with one hard pounce. The lions sit on his hind's legs as his tail swings back and forth wildly; his mane is huge and makes him look even grander than he already is. His teeth are gigantic with razor sharp fangs. This sculpture has remarkable detail and depicts the amazing cycle of life. This bronze sculpture was casted using the "Lost Wax Method" and has a brown patina it is mounted on a black marble base. This sculpture is signed by Barye. Antoine Louis Barye was born in France September 24th, 1796 and he died 1875. Most of his work was focused exclusively on animals, most of them wild. He was considered and Animalier, a sculptor whose works are mostly animals. Barye is a very accomplished sculptor and artist, he has exhibited some of his works in the Salon and some of his works reside in the Lourve.
Antoine-Louis Barye (September 24, 1796-June 25, 1875) was a French sculptor most famous for his work as an animalier, a sculptor of animals. Born in Paris, Barye began his career as a goldsmith, like many sculptors of the Romantic Period. After studying under sculptor Francois-Joseph Bosio 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. The mass of admirable work left by Barye entitles him to be regarded as one of the great animal life artists of the French school, and the refiner of a class of art which has attracted such men as Emmanuel Frémiet, Peter, Cain, and Gardet.