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Statuette - Raging Bull (Bull on the defensive)
  • Raging Bull (Bull on the defensive)
    Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892 Barye, Antoine-Louis, born 1796 - died 1875
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Raging Bull (Bull on the defensive)

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1841 (made)
    ca. 1890 (Cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892
    Barye, Antoine-Louis, born 1796 - died 1875

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    111-1890

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Antoine Louis Barye (1795-1875) exhibited his first animal sculpture in the Paris Salon of 1831 when he was dubbed an 'Animalier', a maker of animals. Initially applied with derogatory overtones, this term became widely used for sculptors - of whom Barye was first and foremost - who specialised in this genre. He was referred to as the 'Michelangelo of the Menagerie' by the contemporaneous art critic Théophile Gautier.

Physical description

Bronze figure of a raging bull

Place of Origin

France (made)
Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1841 (made)
ca. 1890 (Cast)

Artist/maker

Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892
Barye, Antoine-Louis, born 1796 - died 1875

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

BARYE signature cast through from the model. Stamped F.BARBEDIENNE Fondeur
French
Founder
Possibly throws date of 1840 into question as this foundry stamp starts being used from 1877.

Dimensions

Width: 29 cm, Depth: 12 cm, Height: 19 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Barbedienne Foundry in 1890 for the V&A’s Circulation Department

Descriptive line

Raging Bull (Bull on the defensive), Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) and cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892), France (Paris), first edition ca.1841, this cast ca. 1890

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1890. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1891. pp. 19.
Poletti, M and Richarme, A. Barye. Catalogue raisonné des sculptures. Paris. 2000. cat. no. A177.
Horswell, J. Les Animaliers. 1971.
Johnston, William and Kelly, Simon. Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye. 2006.
Reinis, J.G., The Founders and Editors of The Barye Bronzes. New York, 2007.

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Bull

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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