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Rolling Tiger (Tigre se roulant)

Antoine-Louis Barye

European Art

The sculptor, painter, and printmaker Antoine-Louis Barye specialized in naturalistic depictions of fierce beasts, which appealed to the Romantic tastes of mid-nineteenth-century French audiences. This watercolor is based on his visits to the menagerie in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, and may be an elaborated version of a study made on the spot.

The particular texture of this work indicates that it might be a “transfer watercolor,” a kind of print process created by pressing a still-wet watercolor against a blank sheet of damp paper to make another impression.
MEDIUM Watercolor and opaque watercolor on wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1840
    DIMENSIONS sheet: 9 5/16 × 11 5/16 in. (23.7 × 28.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS "No. 78" inscribed in graphite at center of verso
    SIGNATURE "BARYE" inscribed in red watercolor near the center of the left edge
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Purchased by Special Subscription
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1795–1875). Rolling Tiger (Tigre se roulant), ca. 1840. Watercolor and opaque watercolor on wove paper, sheet: 9 5/16 × 11 5/16 in. (23.7 × 28.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 10.96 (Photo: , 10.96_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 10.96_PS9.jpg., 2018
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