Lioness and Cubs

A work made of watercolor, with graphite, on ivory wove paper, laid down on japanese paper.
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  • A work made of watercolor, with graphite, on ivory wove paper, laid down on japanese paper.

Date:

c. 1832

Artist:

Antoine Louis Barye
French, 1795-1875

About this artwork

Barye strove for anatomical accuracy in his sculptures, and his watercolors show his interest, shared with Delacroix, in the physiological similarities between humans and wild cats. A painting and print by Delacroix, from 1830 and 1831, respectively, may have inspired the feline family grouping seen here. Barye and Delacroix also spent time drawing animals from life at the Jardin des Plantes. Access to sketch the zoo animals was not guaranteed unless, like Barye and Delacroix, one knew the director; the fascinated public applied in droves for tickets when a giraffe entered the menagerie in 1827.

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Artist

Antoine Louis Barye

Title

Lioness and Cubs

Origin

France

Date

1827–1837

Medium

Watercolor, with graphite, on ivory wove paper, laid down on Japanese paper

Dimensions

138 × 235 mm

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer II Collection

Reference Number

1930.819

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