Rolling Tiger (Tigre se roulant)
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.
Watercolor and opaque watercolor on wove paper
sheet: 9 5/16 × 11 5/16 in. (23.7 × 28.7 cm) (show scale)
"No. 78" inscribed in graphite at center of verso
"BARYE" inscribed in red watercolor near the center of the left edge
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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)
overall, 10.96_PS9.jpg., 2018
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