Learn about Barye, Antoine Louis and Alfred

Antoine Louis Barye (1796-1875) and his son, Alfred Barye (1839-1882) were French sculptors, most famous for his depiction of animals, Antoine Louis Barye was born in Paris and took up sculpture in 1817, working in the studios of Bosio & Gros. In 1819 he took part in the competition of the Ecole des Beaux Arts where he was runner up. Barye exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1827 onwards. In a career spanning half a century his output was prodigious; his bronzes are imbued with realism and there is meticulous attention to anatomical detail. Alfred Barye learnt the art of sculpture and casting from his father, but he is always considered subordinate in skills to his father. He is known to have produced numerous casts of famous racehorses of the day, and exhibited a racehorse at the Paris Salon in each of the years from 1864 to 1866. There is often confusion between the works of the two, as both father and son sometimes used the same signature. A review of the objects on this page will show some signed 'Barye' or 'A. Barye' which could be either the father or son.
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A fine sculptured bronze deer trophy signed Barye, on square marble base. 48 cm high

Bronze 'Cavalier Arabe' figure after D'Alfred Barye & Emile Guillemin, depicting an Arab horseman returning from the hunt. Signed 'Ele Guillemin'. Height 82 cm

After Antoine Louis Barye, bronze of 'Lioness Carrying a Cub', good dark brown patina to all, the lioness with cub to her mouth, the long natural ground base with plants and floral highlights. Cast 'Barye' to the base. 72 x 17.5 x 38.5 cm

Antoine Louis Barye (1795-1875). A green patinated bronze figure of a lion marchant on a later marble base, signed on the base Barye. Length 39 cm. Provenance: Leo Schofield Bronte House Sale, Christie's, March 2004, lot 15.

Antoine Louis Barye (1795-1875). A bronze strolling tiger on bronze base bearing Barbedienne foundry mark. Length 39 cm.

Bronze, Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) 'Eagle', c.1900, with dark patination, signed 'A L Barye' in cast, with foundry mark 'F. Barbedienne Fondeur' in cast. Height 25 cm

A. Barye (Alfred Barye 1839 -1882) French antique bronze pheasant sculpture, 18 cm long

A large bronze figure of a tigeress carrying a cub in its mouth, cast from the model by Antoine Louis Barye on an oval base, inscribed Barye 72 cm length

Mother and baby owl figure group mid 20th century, bronze and slate base manufactured in Europe signed Barye, with makers mark. Height 23 cm

Bronze kangaroo figural group signed Barye to top of base behind the kangaroo laying down. 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

Alfred Barye (1839-1882) bronze figure of a hound, modelled seated on a naturalistic base, and raised on a rectangular rouge marble plinth