Sculptor - Antoine Louis Barye
Title - Jaguar Devorant un Lievre
Sand Cast Bronze
5 1/2" height by 13 1/2" length
(14 cm by 34.3 cm)
Barye's Jaguar devouring a Hare was exhibited at the Salon in 1850. It was his first entry in 10 years and marked a milestone in his career and a highlight in terms of Romantic sculpture. The original plaster of this model is in the Louvre. Jaguar devouring a Hare is considered Barye's masterpiece and won much acclaim.
This powerful sculpture shows the muscular Jaguar crouched down as he bites deep into the soft belly of the Hare. A dramatic composition that shows the struggle for life in nature as the big cat kills his next meal. This sculpture shows Barye's genius at depicting predators in their savage lives.
The Jaguar Devouring a Hare was cast in several sizes, from the 38 inch long version down to a 9 inch long one. This bronze is a nice smaller size that is easy to live with and does not dominate the room like the original size. The bronze has a rich green and black patina.
This sculpture has been Sold