Panther Devouring a Rabbit
On View In:
Gallery 266-G274
Artist:   Antoine-Louis Barye
F. (Ferdinand) Barbedienne  
Title:   Panther Devouring a Rabbit  
Date:   c. 1850  
Medium:   Bronze  
Dimensions:   16 x 16 1/2 x 38 3/4 in. (40.64 x 41.91 x 98.43 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of James J. Hill III, Maude Hill Schroll and Louis W. Hill, Jr.  
Location:   Gallery 266-G274  

Like Theseus in this gallery, this sculpture was also in the collection of James J. Hill. But the present bronze group depicts actual animals rather than mythological creatures. Antoine-Louis Barye is noted for his vivid depictions of animals in action. In his compositions, wild animals attack their prey, combining naturalistic rendering of their anatomy with movement. These scenes were extremely popular in France and America. Hill was one of Barye's most ardent American supporters, as he purchased eleven of his works from the Barbedienne foundry in 1891. Hill placed Theseus slaying the centaur Bianor in front of the organ in his picture gallery so that it held a prominent position for visitors entering from the entrance hall.

Name:   Barye, Antoine-Louis  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1796-1875  
Name:   F. (Ferdinand) Barbedienne  
Role:   Caster  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   Paris, 1838-1952  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature 'A.L.Barye' front of base 'F.Barbedienne Fondeur' on rear of base  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   Bronze cast after a plaster model exhibited in Paris Salon of 1850 entitled 'Jaguar et Lievre'  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   81.108.3  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts